Man charged with manslaughter of baby - Luton

24/04/2014

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge a man with the manslaughter of his daughter.

Adam Stokes, aged 32, from the Runfold area of Luton, was charged on Friday, 11 April 2014, with with the manslaughter of Scarlett Stokes-Craig, who was 9-weeks-old at the time of her death.

Scarlett had been admitted to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital on 14 January 2013, but was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she died on 24 January 2013.  The cause of death was ascertained as head injury.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Adam Stokes.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge the man with manslaughter.

"The charge is in connection with the death of 9-week-old Scarlett Stokes-Craig on 24 January 2013.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Stokes has been bailed to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court on Monday, 12 May 2014.

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