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(Family Division, Baker J, 29 June 2012)
Two children, aged 2 and 4, died within 3 months of each other, with no known cause. A police investigation remained ongoing and care proceedings were initiated in respect of a younger sibling.
The mother suffered from learning difficulties and had struggled to parent all three children who had all been subject to child protection plans. A fact-finding hearing took place to determine the extent to which the mother neglected the children and whether she was responsible for their deaths.
There was no evidence that the mother had deliberately harmed either of the children and she had given largely consistent accounts. The local authority had not proved on the balance of probabilities that the mother was responsible for their deaths.
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