Cops wait to quiz mum over baby warehouse birth

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Police are still waiting to question a woman who gave birth to a baby boy at the Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook, over allegations of neglect.

Chad exclusively revealed on-line on Friday that the woman had given birth to the child in a staff toilet at the Brook Street East site on New Year’s Day.

Police confirmed that a ‘birth in unusual circumstances’ had taken place at around 11.15pm on January 1st.

Officers then issued a second statement over the weekend reporting that a 28-year-old woman had subsequently been arrested on suspicion of causing wilful neglect.

The baby was initially taken to King’s Mill Hospital before being transferred to a special neo-natal unit at Leicester Royal infirmary, where he is believed to be doing well.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “On Saturday, 4th January a 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect after the police were called to the premises on New Years Day following the birth of a baby in unusual circumstances.

“A baby boy is being treated at a neo-natal unit and is making good progress but is still undergoing tests.”

Sports Direct staff initially contacted Chad saying that the child had been discovered in toilets.

But other sources later stated that the mother had been taken ill while on shift.

The woman, believed to be the child’s mother, is also receiving hospital treatment and police do not think she will be well enough to be interviewed until later this week.

Despite repeated requests from Chad to Sports Direct for comment, the company remained tight-lipped at the time of going to press.

Of the 5,000 people who work at the Shirebrook site, it is understood that all but 300 are employed on either casual or zero-hour contracts - and supplied by recruitment firms Blue Arrow and Best Connection.

Best Connection refused to comment when approached by Chad, while Blue Arrow stated that the woman did not work for them and declined further comment.