Pictured: Face of killer childminder who 'shook baby in frustration' when he fell from chair and cried

A childminder who killed a baby boy in her care admitted she shook him 'in frustration' when he fell from a chair and cried.

Karen Foster, 62, had been trusted to look after nine-month-old Harlow Collinge while his parents Gemma and Allen were at work on March 1, 2022. But shortly after arriving at work, Gemma received a call telling her Harlow had suffered a 'medical episode' and was on the way to hospital.

The parents rushed to be by their son's side but as the tot was transferred to Manchester Children's Hospital, Foster was arrested on suspicion of GBH. Medics fought to save Harlow's life but he tragically died four days later.

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Following a 15 month investigation, Foster, a childminder with many experience of looking after young children, was arrested on suspicion of murder. She denied hurting Harlow, as well as another charge of cruelty relating to another child in her care.

She maintained her innocence until she was due to stand trial at Preston Crown Court. However on Friday June 7, 2024, she admitted she was responsible for killing baby Harlow.

Before the jury was sworn, the charge of murder was put to Foster for a second time. She pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter - a plea that was accepted by the prosecution.

North West Ambulance Service were called to a property in Mill Lane at 1.19pm on March 1, 2022 following a report that a nine-month old baby was in cardiac arrest. Karen Foster was arrested at that time on suspicion of Section 18 grievous bodily harm.

Baby Harlow Collinge was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where it was discovered he had significant and non-accidental injuries to his brain. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, Harlow sadly died on March 5.

A post mortem examination revealed that Harlow’s cause of death was inflicted traumatic brain injury.

High Court Judge Mr Justice Cotter confirmed the childminder had admitted she shook Harlow in frustration when he cried from fallilng from his chair, however there were no injuries from the fall which contributed to his death. The catastrophic injuries were a direct result of being shaken by Foster, he said.

Foster, of Walden Grove, Burnley, will be sentenced on Thursday June 13 and has been warned to expect a significant prison sentence. The second charge of cruelty towards another child has been left to lie on file.