Constance Marten and her partner Mark Gordon have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after the remains of a baby were found in an area of woodland.
Marten, 35, and Gordon, 48, were arrested on suspicion of child neglect after a passer-by spotted them in Brighton on Monday.
They were re-arrested the following day on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter, and the remains of a baby were found in a Brighton woodland on Wednesday.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed on Thursday that the pair have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.
They have also been charged with concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.
Barry Hughes, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London North, said: “The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Constance Marten and Mark Gordon with gross negligence manslaughter.
“Constance Marten, aged 35, and Mark Gordon, aged 48, have also been charged with concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.
“These charges arise from their arrest on Monday as a result of a lengthy police investigation to establish their whereabouts and that of their baby.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Constance Marten and Mark Gordon are active and that they have the right to a fair trial.”
The pair will appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
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