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A Mother From Newent And Man From Ledbury Charged With Four Month Old Infant's Death

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A mother and a man have been charged with manslaughter following the death of a four-month-old baby nearly four years ago in 2020

Melissa Wilband, 27, the child's mother, and 30-year-old Jack Wheeler have been charged with manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child, Gloucestershire Police have said.

A force spokesman said: “Gloucestershire Police’s major crime investigation team led on the investigation and the Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges.”

The infant, from Newent in the Forest of Dean, was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in a serious condition on 12 April 2020. The child was later transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital but died six days later, on 18 April.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia - Bristol Royal Hospital For Children

The force's full statement said: "Two people have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a four-month-old infant. Jack Wheeler, 30 and from Ledbury, and 27-year-old Melissa Wilband, the mother of the child, and from Newent"

"The pair have been charged with manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child. The four-month-old from Newent, Forest of Dean had been admitted to hospital on 12 April 2020 and died on 18 April 2020.

They both appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Friday 12 January and were released on conditional bail which bans them from having contact with any child under the age of 18.  They must also not contact each other by any means.

They will next appear at Bristol Crown Court on 19 February where it is expected that they will enter pleas to the charges.

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