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Baby case mother forms help group
Angela Cannings
Angela Cannings spent 18 months in prison
A mother wrongly convicted of murdering two of her babies is launching an organisation to help other parents facing a similar situation.

Angela Cannings, 42, was freed after challenging the validity of the evidence of an expert witness.

The Angela Cannings Foundation will seek law changes and provide support.

It is set up in memory of Sally Clark from Essex, who died this month, four years after being cleared by the Court of Appeal of killing her two sons.

Mrs Clark, 42, who was found dead at her home in Chelmsford, Essex, lost a first appeal against the convictions in 2000 but was freed in 2003 after a fresh hearing.

A family statement following her death, which is thought to have been from natural causes, said she "never fully recovered from the effects of this appalling miscarriage of justice".

Complex evidence

Mrs Cannings, from Saltash in Cornwall, has always maintained her children were cot death victims.

She spent 18 months in prison before her conviction was quashed in 2003.

Mrs Cannings told BBC Breakfast the foundation would also act as a support network for families.

"When we heard of Sally's death we were so, so frustrated, so angry as well with the system in this country because there hasn't been any support.

We know there are families up and down the country that are still actually going through court cases - they need help and guidance
Angela Cannings

"There certainly wasn't any support for me. We know there are families up and down the country that are still actually going through court cases, they need help and guidance, and no-one's out there giving any help."

Ian and Angela Gay, who were cleared of poisoning a three-year-old boy they hoped to adopt, will also be at the launch at the House of Commons.

Mr Gay, from Halesowen, West Midlands, said their case had showed how hard it was for juries to absorb complex medical evidence.

"Experts have to be clearer, and better," he said.


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