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Saturday 22 September 2018

Tot 'drowned in bath by girl (5)'

Police in America are treating the death of an 18-month-old boy who drowned in a bathtub as a potential murder after a five-year-old girl told social workers that she held him under the water to stop his crying.

Officers in Kansas City said the girl, who was left with other children in the care of a teenager, was considered a possible suspect in the toddler's death last week.

The case has raised complicated legal questions about how a court could proceed with a case against such a young suspect.

Bart Lubow, the director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, said a five-year-old is incapable of forming intent, and is not likely even to know what drowning means.

Police said the girl was not arrested, and the case was then referred to the family courts.



Inmate 'knifed Soham killer'

An armed robber is due to enter a plea today after being charged with trying to kill Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

Damien Fowkes (35) is due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court, England, via videolink from jail after Huntley's throat was slashed with a makeshift knife in Frankland Prison, Durham, in March last year.

Fowkes is accused of inflicting an 18cm wound on Huntley's neck using a weapon fashioned from a toothbrush and razor blade.

School caretaker Huntley was jailed for life for the 2002 murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

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