Police investigating the death of a child have begun searching a garden after receiving information about the possible burial of human remains.
West Midlands Police said the search operation at a property in Clarence Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, was not connected to the current occupants of the address.
The force said in a statement: “Information was received relating to the death of a child at a house in Clarence Road in 2020 and an investigation has been launched.
“Two people, a man aged 40 and a woman aged 41, were arrested on December 9 on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child and wilful neglect.
“Both have been charged for neglect and are on bail for the offence of causing or allowing the death of a child.”
Police said the male suspect had been remanded following his appearance at court, while the woman is due to appear in court at a later date.
The police statement added: “The present occupiers of the property in Clarence Road are aware of the search but are not connected to the investigation.”
“I understand that this will come as a shock to the local community but I would ask you not to speculate on the circumstances.
“We would encourage anyone who has any information to get in touch.”