Man in court on toddler death charge

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A man accused of murdering a two-year-old toddler has been told he will face trial in October.

Connor Gibson, 23, appeared via videolink this morning at Preston Crown Court, charged with murdering Kacey Hambleton, who died in hospital on Saturday.

His case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing to take place on July 4.

Gibson, of Melrose Avenue, Blackpool, has been told his trial is likely to take five to seven days and was given a provisional start date of either October 6 or 7.

The trial will take place at either Preston or Liverpool Crown Court.

No application was made for bail and Gibson was remanded in custody by Judge Pamela Badley.

Two-year-old Kacey, was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Thursday after paramedics were called to her Granby Avenue home, in Layton. She was later taken by air ambulance to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she died on Saturday.

A previous court hearing heard the child suffered fatal head and liver injuries.

Condolence messages left by friends and neighbours of Kacey said she was an “angel”, “Heaven’s brightest star” and “beautiful girl.”

Kacey’s mother was arrested in connection with the child’s death and was released on police bail until July 8.

Scores of floral tributes and teddies with touching messages have been left at the home in Granby Avenue where Kacey lived.

Police said Kacey’s sister, aged one, was also taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but she was not seriously injured.

She was due to be released from hospital yesterday.

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