Thursday, 18 December 2008

Babysitter not guilty of murder (BBC News)

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A babysitter who spent three years in prison for the murder of a neighbour's two-year-old son has been found not guilty at a retrial.
Suzanne Holdsworth had been accused of banging Kyle Fisher's head against a banister in Hartlepool in July 2004.
Ms Holdsworth, 38, now of Boggart Hill Drive, Leeds, was convicted in 2005.
However, doubts were raised about her conviction by journalist John Sweeney in a report for BBC Newsnight and the conviction was quashed in May.
The jury at the retrial at Teesside Crown Court deliberated for two days before returning the not guilty verdict.
The mother-of-two was originally convicted of the murder in March 2005 and jailed for life.
She was released from prison earlier this year after serving three years.
During Ms Holdsworth's original trial she was accused of repeatedly banging Kyle's head against a wooden banister with as much force as a 60mph crash after losing her temper.
The Newsnight programme interviewed leading neuro-pathologist Dr Wainey Squier who later gave evidence for the defence in the retrial.
She said it was "unlikely" Kyle had suffered a massive blow to the head.
'Terrible experience'
Standing next to Ms Holdsworth outside the court on Thursday, her partner Lee Spencer said: "This case has always been about Kyle, who was a loving child, a little boy, who Suzanne's always loved and helped look after.
"We know his family deeply loved him and miss him.
"Sadly we now know that he had some bad medical features that led to his sudden collapse and death.
"We hope that this knowledge will help his family come to terms with his death. "This has been a terrible experience for Suzanne and our family and we now just want to try and pick up the pieces of our lives together."
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