Couple charged with manslaughter over death of morbidly obese daughter

Two dad and mom have been charged with manslaughter after allegedly permitting their daughter to turn out to be morbidly obese.

In what’s believed to be the primary case of its form, the dad and mom of Kaylea Titford, 16, appeared in court docket on Tuesday after being charged with gross negligence manslaughter and inflicting or permitting the death of a toddler or susceptible particular person.

The disabled teenage woman was discovered lifeless at her dwelling in Newtown, Powys, Wales, in October 2020.

It is alleged that between March 24 and Oct 11, 2020, Kaylea’s father Alun Titford, 44, and mom Sarah Lloyd-Jones, 39, of Colwyn, Newtown, failed to make sure that her dietary wants had been met, resulting in morbid weight problems.

Nor did they make sure that she acquired sufficient train, was in a hygienic situation, had a protected and hygienic surroundings, that her bodily well being was maintained or that cheap medical assist was sought, the cost claims.

The pair appeared earlier than Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and stood collectively within the dock carrying face masks. They spoke solely to verify their names, ages and handle, however didn’t enter any pleas.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, requested each defendants to stay on conditional bail and to not have contact with anybody underneath the age of 18. They will seem earlier than Mold Crown Court on April 14.

The case is believed to be the primary time dad and mom have been charged with such an offence. 

In 2014, two dad and mom had been arrested on suspicion of cruelty and neglect of their obese baby. A 49-year-old man and a 44-year-old girl, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, had been questioned by officers over the kid’s care and launched on bail. 

At the time of the separate case, Norfolk Police stated intervention at this degree was “very rare” and solely occurred the place different makes an attempt to guard the kid had been unsuccessful.

According to reviews, the 11-year-old boy within the case was 5ft 1in tall and 15 stone, with a physique mass index (BMI) of 41.8.

“When dealing with sensitive issues such as obesity and neglect of children, officers from the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit work closely with partners, significantly with both health care and social services, to ensure any response to address them are proportionate and necessary,” Norfolk Police stated in 2014.

However, the case in opposition to the dad and mom in Norfolk was dropped they usually weren’t prosecuted.

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