Mother who killed baby had vi­o­lent past

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

A mother jailed for mur­der­ing her seven-month-old baby had con­fessed to at­tack­ing an­other child years ear­lier.

Jennifer Crich­ton, 35, se­ri­ously in­jured the child years be­fore she was al­lowed to keep daugh­ter, Amelia, whom she then mur­dered while un­der a so­cial ser­vice care plan de­vised by Lan­cashire county coun­cil and out­sourced to a lo­cal so­cial care provider.

She had been ar­rested by po­lice but never charged over the ear­lier at­tack, but went on to ad­mit harm­ing the child to a so­cial worker, a nurse and a doc­tor. It was only after she in­flicted fa­tal head in­juries on Amelia that she was pros­e­cuted for the ear­lier of­fences. A se­ri­ous case re­view is un­der way in­volv­ing po­lice and so­cial ser­vices.

On Tues­day, Crich­ton was con­victed of Amelia’s mur­der by a jury

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