Woman ad­mits killing her 18-month-old son

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A 23-YEAR-OLD woman has ad­mit­ted killing her 18-month-old son, who died af­ter he plunged from the sixth floor of a block of flats.

El­liot Proc­ter was found with fa­tal in­juries at the bot­tom of the New­cas­tle House flats in the Bark­erend area of Brad­ford, West York­shire, in Oc­to­ber last year.

His mother, Gemma Proc­ter, was due to go on trial at Brad­ford Crown Court yes­ter­day ac­cused of El­liot’s mur­der but pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter by rea­son of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Prose­cu­tor Kama Melly QC said the plea was ac­cept­able. No de­tails of what hap­pened at New­cas­tle House on Oc­to­ber 21, 2017 were out­lined in the 10-minute hear­ing.

Proc­ter stood in the dock sur­rounded by staff from the se­cure hospital where she is be­ing held.

Proc­ter spoke only to con­firm her name and to deny mur­der but ad­mit man­slaugh­ter charge.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said there was a “mas­sive in­ter­est” in the case, “quite rightly”.

The judge said that sen­tenc­ing would take place on June 15 and he re­manded Proc­ter in cus­tody un­til then.

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