Baby boy died after falling from chair then shaken by childminder

A nine month old baby boy died after being shaken by his "frustrated" childminder "after he fell from a chair and cried", a court heard.

Karen Foster, 62, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter following the death of baby Harlow Collinge. He died from injuries he suffered at her home in Hapton. Emergency services were called to the home on March 1, 2022, to reports the little boy had collapsed.

Harlow was taken to hospital where his parents rushed to be by his side. He was transferred to Manchester Children's Hospital but died from his injuries four days later, reports Lancs Live.

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Following a 15 month investigation, Foster was charged with Harlow's murder. She denied the charge but today (June 7), as she was due to stand trial, she admitted she had shaken the little boy in frustration after he fell from a chair and cried.

Harlow's family wept quietly from the public gallery as Foster entered her plea. The defendant pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter. A second charge of cruelty towards another child has been left to lie on the file.

Foster has been remanded in custody and will return to court on Thursday, June 13, where she will be sentenced for causing Harlow's death.