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Baby Killed By Falling TV: Mother Not To Blame
A mother has been cleared of killing her four-month-old son after a five-stone television fell on his head as he was lying on his changing mat.
Kian McMillan suffered "catastrophic injuries" and died a day later in hospital.
His mother, Natalie McMillan, who was found to have heroin and valium in her system at the time, denied injuring her son.
She told police that she had accidentally knocked over the television as she attempted to plug in a lead so that she could watch a DVD.
The 25-year-old told officers that she had "never hurt my son on purpose... all because I wanted to watch a film".
McMillan was charged with manslaughter by gross negligence and child neglect but a jury at Preston Crown Court returned a not guilty verdict on the first count.
She admitted neglect part way through the trial as she changed her version of events and attempted to shift the blame to the boy's father.
McMillan claimed her former partner, Edward Hanratty, 41, was the person responsible for the television falling and that she was upstairs in bed when it happened.
Hanratty also admitted neglect after he gave evidence.
The prosecution had alleged McMillan was responsible for the television toppling while Hanratty was passed out on the kitchen floor through drink and drugs.
She said she decided to accept the blame on his behalf from the moment she made the 999 call from the address in Burnley because she was scared of him.
Prosecutor Suzanne Goddard QC said this was "nonsense" and that she was lying.
Peter Wright QC, defending McMillan, told jurors they were not being asked to determine if his client was a good mother.
The relevant questions were was she responsible for the television falling and if so was her behaviour so grossly negligent that it was "truly exceptionally bad" rather than a mistake or a serious error of judgement.
The jury took less than four hours to reach its verdict.
The couple will be sentenced on January 31.
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what do you think?
Take children away from heroine addicts.
And where were Social services when this happened , sad as it is the poor little child may have escaped a very troubled upbringing .
She was under influence of drugs and yet not to blame??????
Did someone say legalise drugs?
Kids having kids these days no such thing as parenting now just meal tickets now to get a free house and benefits kids aged 8 out in my street till past 10at night kids fend for themselves these days once they have the benefits and houses there not bothered sad but true
Dont tar all with same brush. I was 19 wen I had my 1st 25 wen I had my 3rd. I worked in a building society for 12 years & now run my own business & own my own house. I am 31!!
Good for you alot of them don't want to work tho that's why they take the easy way out and have kids and live on easy street
Upstairs in bed smacked up? Hows she not to blame. Kian didnt have a chance in life. So sorry for you little man. How can they prove it wasnt done on purpose by his drunken dad? The baby was on the floor? For gods sake people, stop leaving babies with addicts
It's cases such as this that make our justice system stink.
About time jury trials were abolished, they make some alarming verdicts.
Where were social services?? First they take away perfectly happy children because the parents support ukip and now this. I cannot believe they did not know! She was using heroin for goodness sake the doctors would have known when the baby was born surely?
The mother and father were not fit to look after themselves let alone a baby, most parents of babies won't even have a drink incase they are needed by their child or something happens and they need to be clear headed and alert. This is a case in which they should have never been able to take the little boy home let alone be left alone with him. RIP little angel xx