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A British aristocrat and her partner have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after remains of a baby were found.

London's Metropolitan Police announced the charges against Constance Marten, 35 and Mark Gordon, 48, late on Thursday (Friday AEDT).

Prosecutors also accused the pair of concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.

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Police found the body of a newborn on Wednesday following a massive search operation around Brighton in southern England.

Marten and Gordon are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

They were initially arrested on Monday and held in custody for questioning, before being charged.

The baby is yet to be formally identified and a post-mortem examination will take place on Friday, police said.

Detectives said earlier on Thursday it was "too early" to say when the infant died or confirm its sex, the BBC reports.

The baby's body was found in woodland after hundreds of officers and volunteers searched an area spanning 230 square kilometres.

The search for Marten and Gordon and the newborn began in early January, with police releasing several appeals and offering a A$18,000 reward for information that would lead to their discovery.

Marten is the daughter of aristocrat Napier Marten, a film and music producer.

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On January 5, police inquiries identified Marten and Gordon as the occupants of a car that had caught fire on a highway in the northwestern town of Bolton, England.

The pair were not at the scene and most of their belongings were destroyed in the fire, according to police, who launched a missing persons investigation.

Several confirmed sightings of the couple by members of the public were reported in the days following their disappearance.

The pair and their baby had left the highway safely, and police used sightings and security camera footage to map their movements through various UK cities and towns.

On January 7, the pair were seen in London with their faces covered leaving a taxi with an orange carrier bag and a pram.

Using cash, they paid for various items, including a two-man tent, two sleeping bags and two pillows, which made detectives fear they had been camping or sleeping rough, at a time of cold temperatures.

The couple dumped the buggy and other items later that day before continuing to travel.

– Reported with CNN

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