Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Nursery owner faces fine over death (ITV News)

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The former owner of a nursery, where a baby girl strangled herself while she was left on her own, is being sentenced.
Molly Cunliffe, 16-months-old, strangled herself on a clothes bag attached to her cot at Tiddlywinks nursery, in Gloucester, while she was left unattended for over 20 minutes in October 2005.
Two weeks after Molly was found unconscious, doctors said that there was no hope of her recovering, and her parents agreed to her life-support machine being switched off.
Rosemarie Meadows, 45, who owned the nursery at the time faces an unlimited fine after admitting failing to protect the health and safety of toddlers.
Meadows, of Oldbury Orchard, Churchdown, wearing black and with dark hair, sobbed throughout the 15-minute hearing and was barely audible when she uttered the word 'guilty'.
Last year an inquest jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing after hearing Molly was in the care of a 17-year-old student and an unqualified member of staff while senior managers held a meeting upstairs.
Molly's parents Keata Glenton, 30, and Matthew Cunliffe, 29, who now have a daughter, Ella, one, are expected to attend the hearing.
Previously Ms Glenton said her heart had been "ripped out" by the events at the Worcester Street nursery which has now closed.

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