Mum and stepfather charged with murdering 10-month-old baby boy found critically ill at home

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A mum and stepfather have been charged with murdering a ten-month-old baby boy. (Getty)

A mum and stepfather have been charged with murdering a ten-month-old baby boy who was found critically ill at a house.

Gemma Barton, 32, and her partner Craig Crouch, 38, are accused of killing Jacob Crouch, who was discovered injured at 7.15am on 30 December, 2020.

Emergency services attended the property in Linton, near Swadlincote, Derbyshire, but were unable to save the youngster who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barton and Crouch, of Linton, were arrested on suspicion of murder on 5 January, 2021, and bailed pending further enquiries.

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Derbyshire Police said the pair had been charged with murder and were remanded in custody to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

A Force spokesperson said: "A mother and stepfather have been charged with the alleged murder of a baby in south Derbyshire.

"The East Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports that Jacob Crouch was critically ill at a house in Linton, near Swadlincote, at 7.15am on December 30, 2020.

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"The 10-month-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Ms Barton, 32, from Heanor and Mr Crouch, 38, from Linton have been remanded to custody and will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court later today"