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Mother cleared of dropping TV on her baby son's head

Kim Pilling Preston

Published 21/12/2012 | 05:00

A woman has been cleared of manslaughter charges after her four-month-old son died from "catastrophic injuries" when a television dropped on his head.

Kian McMillan was lying on his changing mat when he was hit by the television at his home in Burnley, Lancashire, on December 6 last year.

Natalie McMillan (25) initially told detectives she accidentally knocked over the television, but then shifted the blame to the boy's father Edward Hanratty (41).

She pleaded guilty to neglect midway through the trial, while Hanratty also changed his plea to guilty on the same charge after he gave evidence.

McMillan, of Clarendon Road, Leeds, and Hanratty, of Dirkhill Road, Bradford, will both be sentenced on January 31. Hanratty was released on bail following his guilty plea.

Irish Independent

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