POLICE HAVE arrested a second man in connection with the murder of a pregnant woman in Croydon as the detective leading the investigation said officers are “doing everything they can” to solve the case.
Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26 was fatally stabbed in the early hours of Saturday (June 29) morning.
Despite efforts of paramedics, Fauvrelle, who was eight months pregnant, died at the scene.
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service 3.30am to reports of a woman in cardiac arrest inside an address at Raymead Ave, Thornton Heath.
Fauvrelle’s baby was delivered by the London Ambulance Service at the scene before being taken to hospital. The child, whose gender is being withheld by the police at this time, remains in a critical condition.
On Saturday, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to a south London police station where he is currently being held.
A 37-year-old male arrested, who was also arrested on Saturday, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Officers have said they remain open minded with regards to the motive of the attack.
The Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating Fauvrelle’s murder.
DCI Mick Norman, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a horrific incident in which a young mother has lost her life and her child is critically ill. Our sympathies go out to her devastated family; they are being supported by specially trained officers following this awful event, and I would ask that they are left alone at this time as they come to terms with the enormity of what has happened.
“A large crime scene is in place, and is likely to be in place for some time. Residents should be aware that if they have any concerns, or information they would like to share with us, that they can speak to any of the officers there, or call our incident room on 020 8721 4005. Alternatively please use the anonymous methods of reporting information to the police, such as Crimestoppers, if you wish.
“At the forefront of our enquiries is understanding what exactly has led to these tragic circumstances, and we are doing everything we can to establish the facts.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Violence against women has no place in our city, and horrific murders in the home like this show the scale of the problem we face.
“My heart goes out to this innocent child, and to the mother they have so tragically lost. @MetPoliceUK are investigating – please help if you can.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on the dedicated Incident Room number of 0208 7214005, or ring 101 quoting CAD 1358/29 Jun or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.