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Couple charged with manslaughter over baby's death
6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A young couple were due to appear in court today, charged with killing their four-month-old daughter.
Lucy Damen, 19, and Daniel Sheard, 21, were last night charged with manslaughter and familial homicide after the body of their daughter Kayleigh was found by police who were called to their home in Scholes, near Cleckheaton, early on Monday.
The infant was pronounced dead at the first floor flat in Foldings Avenue, where she lived with her parents Damen and Sheard were due to make their first court appearance before magistrates today following a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to lay charges against them.
Sarah Nelson, crown advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “I have carefully reviewed the evidence gathered by West Yorkshire Police and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Lucy Damen and Daniel Sheard with offences of manslaughter and familial homicide.”
Police had been called to the flat at 5am on Monday following concerns from neighbours about the baby’s safety.
Damen and Sheard are believed to have lived there for about four or five months.
Neighbours told of their shock at the baby’s death and said that the couple kept themselves to themselves.
The discovery of Kayleigh’s death led to a detailed police investigation. A forensic post-mortem examination was also carried out to determine the exact cause of her death, the details of which have not yet been made public.