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No charges over teenager's death

Home in Owens Way in Cowley
Ms Hassleberg-Langley suffered burns at the care home

No-one will face prosecution over the death of a disabled teenager who was scalded at a care home in Oxford.

Yelena Hasselberg-Langley, 18, who lived at an independent care home in Owens Way, Cowley, died in hospital last year four days after the incident.

Three staff at the care home, which was run by Lifeways Community Care, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

But after a police investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no charges will be brought.

In a statement, Thames Valley Police said: "A police investigation was launched at the end of August 2007 into the death of Yelena Hasselberg-Langley.

"A decision has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service that no charges will be made.

"The police investigation is now closed and the Health and Safety Executive is continuing with an investigation into the inquest."

'Highest standards'

Ms Hasselberg-Langley was apparently scalded by bathwater.

Oxfordshire County Council, which placed Ms Hasselberg-Langley in the care of Lifeways, has severed its ties with the company.

A council spokesman said: "Lifeways is no longer providing any services.

"This was agreed mutually by Lifeways and the county council."

Paul Marriner, chief executive of Lifeways, said it was continually reviewing its procedures and had completed its own internal investigations into the incident.

"It [Lifeways] has taken any necessary action required to maintain the highest possible standards of care and support for all the users it supports."

An inquest is due to be held into Ms Hasselberg-Langley's death in November.




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