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03rd Mar 2023

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon charged with manslaughter

Kat O'Connor

An infant’s body was found in a wooded area.

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon have been charged following the death of their baby.

The couple has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

Police fear their baby was dead for two weeks before the infant’s remains were found.

Police confirmed the pair has been charged.

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon will appear in court today, Friday, March 3rd.

Officers issued a statement;

“Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have charged two people following the death of a baby.

“Constance Marten, 35 (16.05.87), of no fixed address, and Mark Gordon, 48 (08.06.74), of no fixed address, were charged on the evening of Thursday, 2 March, with gross negligence manslaughter.

The pair has also been charged with concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.

They will appear in custody at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Friday, March 3rd.

The infant’s body was found while officers were searching in the Hollingbury area of Brighton on March 1st.

“The baby is yet to be formally identified and a post-mortem examination will take place on Friday, 3 March.”

Officers added, “The charges have been authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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