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Baby Died After Five-Stone TV Fell On His Head
A mother has admitted neglecting her baby who died when a five-stone TV fell onto his head.
Natalie McMillan, 25, has pleaded guilty to child neglect during a trial at Preston Crown Court but denies manslaughter by gross negligence.
The baby's father, Edward Hanratty, has also admitted neglecting the four-month-old boy, who died from "catastrophic injuries".
Hanratty, 41, was said to have passed out on the kitchen floor through drugs and drink when the child's mother allegedly knocked over the TV set.
The court was told she was attempting to move it to plug in a scart lead and watch a DVD.
Kian McMillan was lying below on his changing mat and died a day later in hospital after the incident at his home in Burnley, Lancashire, on December 6 last year.
But McMillan has claimed ex-partner Hanratty was the person responsible for the television falling.
She claims she was upstairs in bed when it happened, having taken heroin and valium.
She said she decided to accept the blame on his behalf from the moment she made the 999 call from the address in Scarlett Street.
Prosecutor Suzanne Goddard QC said this was "nonsense" and that she was lying.
In his closing speech, Peter Wright QC, defending McMillan, said the circumstances of the case do not "deserve plaudits" for the conduct which led to the television falling, whoever was responsible.
But he told jurors that they were not being asked to determine whether his client was a good mother.
They were being asked whether she dropped the television and if she did, whether the behaviour was "truly, exceptionally bad" rather than a mistake.
"We say the evidence points away rather than to her being responsible," Mr Wright said.
"A not guilty verdict is not a vindication of Natalie McMillan or a dereliction of Kian McMillan."
She pleaded guilty to neglect over the circumstances that "tragically and avoidably" led to her son's death and would be sentenced accordingly, he said.
The jury heard police interviews of McMillan, of Clarendon Road, Leeds, in which she stated that she was the one who knocked over the television.
She was charged with manslaughter and later submitted a defence statement saying it was in fact Hanratty who was responsible for the death.
In her closing speech, Ms Goddard said: "She has to find a way out and the only way out now is to falsely accuse Edward Hanratty."
Hanratty, of Dirkhill Road, Bradford, was released on bail until his sentencing on January 31.
The trial was adjourned until Thursday morning when the jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict on McMillan.
what do you think?
The real story is if the poor little mite lived until he was an adult he would love the bones of them seeing only the good side as in few families I know.Tragic R.I.P.baby Kian.
What a nasty set-up to bring a child into. Whoever killed him, accidentally or not, they should be ashamed of themselves. I would have looked after him properly. My blood is boiling. I'll stop writing now.
Horrible story, isn't it Movvi?
Kayleigh Dinabrok Taylor
Alcoholics and drug addicts should not be allowed children, or pets.
I agree 100 percent.
someone who cant have kids i totally agree maria
Don't slag people for drinking of you drink yourself
they should just get food vouchers and thats that. poor baby.
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Welcome to 21st century parenting kids having kids and once they get the benefit money they don't careless about the kid sad but true kids at the age of 7 and 8 out in my street till gone 10 parents don't care anymore all about the benefits and free houses
This sadly has been going on for centuries I think it is a little bit better today this is a small percentage of society.
taking Valium and heroin with a four month old baby? some people have no idea how lucky they are to have kids!
Kids having kids all about the benefits
I am sick of reading about smackheads being allowed to keep their children. This poor little boy has gone. His life gone because he was left with druggy parents using benefits they got for him to buy drugs, then they carry a 5stone tv above his head. Drop one on their heads from a high building so they dont get away with a slap on the wrist and a measly few months in prison. Rip little man, sorry this happened to you x
Vin and Gill
We all know of good responsible young parents but the bad ones really are beyond belief and actually consider their depraved lifestyle as normal. As another poster has pointed out where is the big problem with issuing name specific child clothing and food vouchers ? RIP little one.