Woman, 38, charged with murder as man, 34, charged over death of baby boy, one, 11 months ago

TWO people have been charged in connection with an investigation into the death of a one-year-old boy.

Little Leiland Corkill was rushed to hospital with a severe head injury in January and died the next day.

The tragic tot, who had been taken into care just two days after he was born, had been living with his prospective adoptive parents in Barrow, Cumbria, at the time of his death.

Laura Castle, 38, from Barrow, has been charged with murder.

Scott Castle, 34, from Barrow, has been charged with causing or allowing a person’s death.

They were remanded in police custody and are set to appear at Barrow-in-Furness Magistrates’ Court today.

The charges relate to the death of the one-year-old boy who died in January.

Paramedics were called to a house in Barrow-in-Furness on January 6 where they found Leiland with an injury and called the police.

The tragic tot, who had been taken into care just two days after he was born, had been living with his prospective adoptive parents in Barrow, Cumbria, at the time of his death.

Leiland was taken from his natural mum Laura Corkill at only 48 hours old and placed into the care of Cumbria Social Services.

He was transferred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital from Furness General Hospital for specialist medical care due to his critical condition.

Tragically, Leiland passed away on the afternoon of January 7 when detectives launched a murder probe.

He was still under the care of Cumbria County Council at the time of his death.

It is a requirement of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 that a child lives with their adoptive parents for a period before an application for an adoption order can be made.

When a child is placed with adopters they assume Parental Responsibility, but the child also remains 'looked after' by the Local Authority until an adoption order is granted.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "Two people have been charged in connection with an investigation into the death of a one-year-old boy in Barrow.

"Laura Castle, 38, from Barrow, has been charged with murder.

"Scott Castle, 34, from Barrow, has been charged with causing or allowing a person's death.

"Both have been remanded in police custody and are set to appear at Barrow-in-Furness Magistrates' Court today (12 November).

"The charges relate to the death of a one-year-old boy who died in January."

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