Man charged over mother's death

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Janelle Duncan-Bailey went missing in south London in the early hours of Wednesday Janelle Duncan-Bailey went missing in south London in the early hours of Wednesday

A man has been charged with the murder of a mother after her body was found in a parked vehicle, Scotland Yard says.

Jerome McDonald, 30, of Fairlands Avenue in Croydon, south London, is accused of killing Janelle Duncan-Bailey.

The 25-year-old mother of two went missing in south London in the early hours of Wednesday.

Officers found her body in a car on Saturday afternoon in Mayfield Crescent, Thornton Heath.

Ms Duncan-Bailey left her children, boys aged two and seven, with a friend in Bromley while she attended a family function on Wednesday, police said.

She left the friend's at about 4am to return to Thornton Heath, where at about 4.30am she visited her former partner's home.

Police were called after reports of a domestic incident and Ms Duncan-Bailey left the address with officers.

It is believed she asked to be taken to another friend's house in Limpsfield Avenue, Thornton Heath, and she was last seen between 5am and 5.30am walking towards flats there.

Ms Duncan-Bailey was reported missing later that day after she failed to collect her children.

On Friday, McDonald was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a south London police station for questioning. He will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Monday.

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