The remains of a young boy have been found in a garden shed.Mum-of-six Victoria Gayle, 31, was under arrest last night on suspicion of murder after the grim find. It comes a year after her 16-month-old daughter died after apparently swallowing a battery. Ms Gayle was initially arrested with her foster carer mum Margaret, 50, on Monday.
They were freed on bail but arrested again on Wednesday after detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command swooped on the council property where Ms Gayle had been living with three of her children, after a tip-off.
The remains were in boxes, “like a Russian doll”, in a shed at the council house in West Hendon, North London, but they are thought to have been moved from elsewhere. The dead boy is understood to have been born in Barnet in 2004, but he “vanished off the face of the Earth” and had not been seen for at least 11 years. A po
st-mortem exam on Thursday was unable to find the cause of the boy’s death. Forensic officers and sniffer dogs were today searching the semi-detached house. A multi-agency major inquiry has been launched.