Suffolk

Appeal hearing over baby injury case in Suffolk

A 34-year-old woman from Suffolk found guilty of injuring a baby in her care has won the first stage of an Appeal Court bid to clear her name.

Claire Thompson, of Talbot Road, Sudbury, was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court in 2009 of inflicting grievous bodily harm on the nine-week-old baby.

She was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

The Court of Appeal in London granted Thompson permission for a full hearing into the case.

Thompson's lawyers argue the conviction is "unsafe", saying she was not given a fair trial because the jury heard "prejudicial" evidence and should have been discharged.

Judge Charles Wide QC, sitting with Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice King, said the baby was admitted to hospital in early 2008 after suffering a number of injuries.

The court heard Thompson was one of three people who could have caused the infant's injuries - which included a skull fracture and broken rib.

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