In the Media

Few parents convicted of child killing opt for review

PUBLISHED December 22, 2004

Just six parents who claim they were wrongly convicted of killing their children on disputed medical evidence have asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission to refer their cases to the court of appeal, after an 11-month review of 297 cases by the attorney general.

Lord Goldsmith set up the review in January after the appeal court quashed the conviction of Angela Cannings for murdering her two baby sons. The court said no prosecutions should be brought in future where medical experts were in dispute about the cause of death and there was no other cogent evidence.