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Care review after toddler's death

Kyle Fisher
Kyle Fisher had existing brain abnormalities

A second review is to be held into the care received by Hartlepool toddler Kyle Fisher who died in 2004.

Babysitter Suzanne Holdsworth was wrongly convicted of murdering the two-year-old, and spent three years in jail before being cleared in December.

The Serious Case Review will establish if any lessons can be learned about how welfare organisations worked together.

A 2006 review found no failings by local agencies, but the case is being re-examined in light of the acquittal.

No apology

Ms Holdsworth was originally found guilty of murdering Kyle by banging his head against a banister.

Her conviction was quashed after doubts were raised by BBC Newsnight journalist John Sweeney.

Suzanne Holdsworth
Suzanne Holdsworth was acquitted at a retrial

During her retrial the court heard that Kyle's injuries were inflicted the day before Ms Holdsworth babysat for him and - coupled with existing brain abnormalities - this was what led to the toddler's unexpected seizure.

The jury at the retrial at Teesside Crown Court deliberated for two days before returning a not guilty verdict.

A Hartlepool Council spokesman said: "A Serious Case Review is required to be carried out when a child dies and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child's death.

"It is undertaken by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, which is made up of organisations with responsibility for safeguarding children - including the council, health authorities and the police."

He said the latest review would take into account the changed circumstances and would ensure that all records held by the board reflected the acquittal.

Serious Case Reviews are not an inquiry into how a child died or who is culpable, he added.

The Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCC) is investigating the Cleveland Police inquiry which led to Ms Holdsworth's conviction.

After she was cleared of murder, a spokesman for Cleveland Police said the force would not be reopening the case or apologising to Ms Holdsworth.



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