First picture of childminder facing jail for killing baby boy

Karen Foster shook nine-month-old Harlow Collinge in frustration when he cried
-Credit: (Image: Lancashire Police)

The face of a childminder who killed the baby boy she was supposed to be caring for has been revealed.

Karen Foster shook nine-month-old Harlow Collinge in frustration when he cried after falling from his chair. The 62-year-old had been caring for Harlow while his parents, Gemma and Allen, were out at work.

Harlow's mum received a call on on March 1, 2022 saying her son had suffered a 'medical episode' and was being taken to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

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The toddler, from Hapton, died four days later. Foster was later charged with his murder but today, June 7, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, reports the Manchester Evening News.

During the hearing at Preston Crown Court, High Court Judge Mr Justice Cotter confirmed the childminder admitted she shook Harlow in frustration when he cried after falling from his chair. He said no injuries from the fall contributed to the child's death, but that his catastrophic injuries were a direct result of being shaken by Foster.

Foster was warned to expect a significant prison term when she returns to court to be sentenced next Thursday, reports Lancs Live.

In a statement released after the hearing, Lancashire Police said: "A childminder has today (June 7) admitted to killing a baby under her care in Hapton. Our colleagues at the North West Ambulance Service were called to a property in Mill Lane at 1.19pm on 1st March 2022 following a report that a nine-month old baby was in cardiac arrest."

"Baby Harlow Collinge was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where it was discovered he had significant and non-accidental injuries to his brain. Karen Foster was arrested at that time on suspicion of Section 18 grievous bodily harm."

"Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, Harlow sadly died on 5th March 2022. A post mortem examination revealed that Harlow's cause of death was inflicted traumatic brain injury."

"Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, 62-year-old Foster was charged with murdering Harlow. Foster, now of no fixed address, appeared in the dock at Preston Crown Court today and pleaded guilty manslaughter. That plea was deemed acceptable by the prosecution and the police following a review of the evidence available."

"Foster was remanded back into custody to be sentenced next Thursday (13th June). Our thoughts remain with Harlow's family who continue to be supported by specially-trained officers."

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