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Cot death expert breaks silence
Professor Sir Roy Meadow
Cases involving Professor Meadow's evidence are being reviewed
The cot death expert at the centre of a series of high profile cases against women accused of killing their babies has spoken out for the first time.

Sir Roy Meadow is to face a General Medical Council professional conduct committee over allegations against him.

He told Channel 4 News he would like to clear up the "misunderstandings" but confidentiality prevented him.

The professor's evidence helped convict mothers Angela Cannings and Sally Clark of murder. Both were later cleared.

Earlier this week the government announced a wide review of cot death legal cases.

The cases could total as many as 5,000, some of whom were convicted of killing their children based on expert testimony from Professor Meadow.

Legal advice

His theory of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy suggests some mothers harm their children to draw attention to themselves.

Professor Meadow was an expert witness in the trial of Angela Cannings, whose conviction for murdering her two sons was overturned last week.

His evidence was also used in the high profile prosecutions of Sally Clark and Trupti Patel.

Mrs Clark's 1999 conviction for murdering her two baby sons was overturned in February, while Mrs Patel was cleared of killing her three babies in June.

Professor Meadow told Channel 4 News on Wednesday: "I cannot comment on any of these cases as I have a duty of confidentiality to the children involved and the court...

"...much as I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the general subject of child abuse and to help clarify some of the current misunderstandings, my legal advisors have forbidden such discussions at present."

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