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Accused mother speaks out

30th October 2006

A mother accused of poisoning her 15-month-old son has spoken out after she was cleared of manslaughter.

Marianne Williams, 24, was cleared last week of killing her 15-month-old son, Joshua, who had high levels of sodium in his body when he died at Southampton General Hospital in 2004.

Ms Williams told BBC News it was ‘gut wrenching’ that medical staff had accused her of killing her son and that the two-and-a-half years of legal proceedings meant she had not been given the time to grieve for him.

Joshua, whose twin had died in the womb, was born 12 weeks premature and weighed just 2lb 10oz (1.2kg). He had a number of medical problems, including very small kidneys and received long-term care at Southampton General Hospital.

She said the accusations came from people who had helped care for her son since he was born.

She described how she returned home from hospital following Joshua’s death to find her front door smashed by police and has since lived with the stigma of killing her child.

After the court case, Wiltshire Police defended the investigation.

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