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Camberwell childminder cleared of shaking baby to death

A childminder has been cleared of shaking a baby to death.

Dylan Salinas had a heart attack when he was eight months old and died two months later in June 2007.

Carmen Nanranjo, 34, of Camberwell, south London, was accused of shaking Dylan when he refused to take his milk. The defence said the baby was unwell.

Ms Nanranjo was cleared of child cruelty and formally cleared of manslaughter when jurors at the retrial could not agree a verdict.

Opinion split

The childminder was found not guilty of murder in May 2009 but was retried at the Old Bailey after the jury did not reach verdicts on manslaughter and child cruelty charges.

Ms Nanranjo was charged when it emerged Dylan died from brain damage.

During the latest trial jurors heard evidence from 10 experts and a pathologist, but medical opinion was split on what led to the baby's death.

Judge Gerald Gordon told jurors it was unsurprising they had been unable to agree.

He entered a not guilty verdict to manslaughter after the prosecution said it would no longer offer any evidence against her.

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