New mum ‘traumatised’ after helping kids who had just found dead baby in a freezer


Carol Hirst had only given birth six weeks before and left her newborn being cradled by her partner Darnell Jackson when she rushed to help the kids

Darnell Jackson with his own baby, six-week-old Ivy
Darnell Jackson with his own baby, six-week-old Ivy

A new mum who went to help two distressed children who had found a dead baby in a freezer has told of how she has been left “traumatised” by the experience.

Carol Hirst had only given birth six weeks before, and left her newborn being cradles by her partner Darnell Jackson, when she rushed to help the kids.

Her neighbour had alerted her after two distressed children told of the macabre discovery.

The mum rushed round and was horrified to discover they were telling the truth.

She saw a frozen baby curled up in the foetal position.

Carol said: “I just saw this baby and broke down. I closed the bag.”

Darnell with his own baby, six-week-old Ivy

Darnell who witnessed the dead baby

In shock she phoned Darnell to come and help, telling him: ‘There’s a dead baby” before hanging up.

Darnell, a supermarket worker from Rossington in South Yorkshire arrived, believing they must be mistaken and that it “had to be a doll”

But he too was left “speechless” and horrified when he saw the baby.

Back home with her newborn, Carol told the Mirror how the heartbreaking drama began.

“I got a phone call from my neighbour saying I needed to go round as the children had found a baby in a bag in the freezer. So I ran round and saw the bag and saw this baby and broke down.

“My neighbour then came in and saw it, she instinctively called the police and couldn’t speak so I had to take over.

“We both have young children so this is traumatising, the police then came and said it was a crime scene.

“I sent my neighbour to mine (with the children) and my partner came round to make sure it was an actual baby as I couldn’t believe it.”

He added: “He had to leave as it was too traumatising and the police came and cordoned everything off.”

Hours later police announced they had arrested two women, aged 17 and 45, on suspicion of murder. They are currently still in police custody.

Carol said she was feeling “traumatised” following the awful encounter.

“Coming home to my own six week old, it feels as if my own enjoyment of my newborn has been stolen, as every time I look at her all I can see is the child,” she said.

“It makes me feel physically sick.”

She said as the two children who found the baby were comforted by locals, she was “absolutely broken” and crying her eyes out.

Carol’s partner, Darnell, 23, said it was between 11.30 and noon on Thursday when they were first alerted and a friend watched their baby Ivy Marie while he went to help.

“My girlfriend phoned me and told me there was a dead baby and then hung up. I thought it must be a doll so I had to go and double check for myself.

He continued: “I was shocked and speechless.”

Darnell added: “I left then as I couldn’t stay in the house and I had a cigarette in the garden to calm my nerves. I felt physically sick and waited for the police to arrive. I can’t get it out of my head now.

The horrific scene was described as like something out of a crime documentary



“It’s the sort of thing you see on these crime documentaries. ”

Carol said: “I was traumatised by what I had seen and I had to come home and see my own baby, Ivy Marie Jackson.”

While Darnell added: “I can’t stop thinking about it. Every time I look at my baby now it comes into my head.”

South Yorkshire Police said they were called at 12.15pm and attended the scene alongside the ambulance service.

“Sadly, the baby was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the statement said.

“Two women, aged 17 and 45, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody at this time.”

Temporary Superintendent Jamie Henderson said: “This is an extremely tragic case and I know the local community, and those further afield, will be very upset to hear about what has happened.

“At this time, our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death is in the very early stages and we ask the public not to speculate about the case.

“There is a cordon in place on Norman Crescent in the Rossington area while our officers carry out their work, and therefore we are asking members of the public to avoid the area at this time.”

The force said police are appealing to anyone with information which could assist with enquiries into this tragic incident to call 101, quoting incident number 325 of 16 December.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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