Case dropped against baby death mother

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A mother facing trial over the death of her two-week-old baby girl has had the case against her dropped.

Alesha Roberts apparently died after being placed in the same bed as the one used by her mother in a flat on Talbot Road, central Blackpool.

Alesha’s 22 year-old mother, Letisha Roberts, had been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and also child cruelty.

Now the case has been discontinued after a judge was told that in light of a doctor’s report, the Crown no longer felt there was a realistic prospect of a conviction.

Ms Roberts, who is from the Liverpool area, was not at Preston Crown Court when the case was mentioned today.

She has been at court on earlier occasions and a trial date was previously fixed for next week.

The court had heard previously that original expert evidence in the case was in a report by pathologist Dr Alison Armour.

Then last month a report was received by another doctor who said it could not necessarily be concluded that overlaying, or suffocating by lying on top of the child, was the cause of death.

The Crown asked for time to consider all the evidence and today the prosecution said it would no longer continue with the case.

The woman’s barrister told the court previously that the proceedings had only added to her grief at losing a child.

Judge Pamela Badley said there was no doubt in her mind that the Crown had made the right decision.