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Last Updated: Monday, 11 April, 2005, 14:02 GMT 15:02 UK
Life term for killer babysitter
Suzanne Holdsworth
Holdsworth denied murdering Kyle at her home
A woman who murdered a two-year-old boy who she was babysitting has been sentenced to life in prison.

Suzanne Holdsworth, 34, was looking after Kyle Fisher at her home in Millpool Close, Hartlepool, in July 2004 when she attacked the child.

The judge at Leeds Crown Court accepted that she had acted in the spur of the moment, and said she must serve at least ten years in jail.

Holdsworth, who denied the murder, wept as she was led away from the court.

The jury heard how the child's head was repeatedly battered against wooden banisters.

Kyle, of nearby Troutpool Close, and his mother often visited Holdsworth's nearby home and the child had stayed over four or five times, the court was told.

Kyle Fisher
Kyle Fisher suffered severe head injuries

Mr Justice Grigson said: "You are a woman of good character, you brought up two children on your own and you acted as a babysitter to other children prior to this tragic incident and in all that time you behaved in a wholly responsible way.

"I accept you did not intend to kill him but to cause serious bodily harm and I accept that the incident was momentary and your actions were wholly unpremeditated.

"I accept the risk of reoffending is low."

After sentencing, a Cleveland police spokesman said Kyle's death had left many victims.

"Little Kyle is not going to grow up so his family have been deprived of seeing that," he said.

"Holdsworth will not see her children grow up because she will be in prison for a long time.

"There are no winners in this case."


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