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Father charged over death of his baby

PUBLISHED: 07:41 06 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:57 03 March 2010

POLICE have charged a 35-year-old man with killing his baby son.

Stephen Watts, of New Road, Trimley St Mary, near Felixstowe, is accused of the manslaughter of his nine-week-old son, Cameron.

POLICE have charged a 35-year-old man with killing his baby son.

Stephen Watts, of New Road, Trimley St Mary, near Felixstowe, is accused of the manslaughter of his nine-week-old son, Cameron.

The infant died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on November 22 last year, 10 days after he was admitted.

Watts, formerly of Stowmarket, answered bail at Bury St Edmunds police station yesterday and was charged with manslaughter.

He will appear before magistrates in Bury on Tuesday

Police have been investigating since a hospital staff member reported the suspicious admittance of the child on November 12.

Detectives arrested Watts in connection with the incident on November 18 and his son died four days later.

A post-mortem was carried out on Cameron and police awaited further results before completing their investigations.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: "Stephen Watts has today been charged with the manslaughter of his son, Cameron Watts, who was aged nine weeks at the time of his death, which occurred in Addenbrooke's Hospital on November 22, 2002.

"He has been released on conditional bail and is due to appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court on June 10."

Social services launched a review into the circumstances behind the death, which was lead by the Area Child Protection Committee.

The committee leads the various agencies, including health workers and police, involved in such cases.

But Suffolk County Council said the child not been known to welfare staff at the time of his death, and had not been on the social services register of children "at risk".

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