Almost 5,000 children – including babies – have disappeared from council care in the past two years, new figures have revealed.

Nineteen babies have vanished for months at a time, and one infant – just a few months old – has still not been found two years later.

The figures have been unveiled under a freedom of information request.

They show that 4,852 looked-after children were reported missing between January 2012 and December 2013, the Sunday Times reports.

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