A TEENAGER has been charged with murder following the death of a baby in Southampton.

Police were called to an address in Defender Road, in the city on Sunday.

South Central Ambulance Service were also called to the mother and baby unit following reports that the child was in need of medical attention.

The baby was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The 16-year-old boy will appear before Southampton Magistrates Court later today.

An 18-year-old woman has been released from police custody but remains under investigation.

Meanwhile care bosses are set to launch a major review into the death of the baby.

A Southampton City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the police investigation into the tragic death of a six-week-old baby in Defender Road in Southampton.

“A multi-agency review has been launched and we will be assisting the police with their investigations wherever we can.

“We will not be making any further comment while the police investigation is under way.”

Hampshire Constabulary also confirmed that a post-mortem was due to take place yesterday to determin how the baby died.

Royston Smith, MP for Southampton, Itchen, said his thoughts were with the baby boy who died.

He added: “I fully support the police with their investigation of this incident and hope they can come to a swift conclusion.

"I hope the perpetrators of this awful crime face the full force of the law.”