A couple whose disappearance sparked a nationwide manhunt in England were ordered to remain in custody on Friday after evidence presented during a court hearing revealed the remains of an infant had been found in a garden. were found in K’s shed, where the pair finally met.
Constance Marton, 35, and Mark Gordon, 48, have been charged with grossly negligent homicide, concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice. He made his first court appearance on Friday at Crawley Magistrates’ Court, about 48 kilometers south of London.
The couple spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and that neither had a permanent address. Gordon had a gray sweater over his head during the hearing. His next court appearance is scheduled for 31 March at Central London Criminal Court.
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Marton and Gordon were arrested on Monday in Brighton on the south coast of England. Officers had been searching for him since January 5, when his burning car was found on the side of a highway in north-west England. The marten is believed to have given birth shortly before she disappeared.
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Authorities told Friday’s hearing that the infant’s body was found under some diapers inside a plastic bag, which was discovered in a garden shed north of Brighton. The horrific discovery was made after two days of searches by hundreds of police officers, aided by search and rescue teams, dogs, drones and thermal imaging cameras. Officials have not yet determined the cause of death or the sex of the child.
Grossly negligent manslaughter involves reckless behavior that a reasonable person should have understood presented a clear risk of death to someone they had a duty to care for.
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