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Man faces baby manslaughter charge

PUBLISHED: 13:01 10 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2010

A TRIMLEY man was due to appear in court today charged with killing his baby son.

Stephen Watts, 35, is accused of the manslaughter of his nine-week-old son, Cameron.

A TRIMLEY man was due to appear in court today charged with killing his baby son.

Stephen Watts, 35, 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, ten days after he was admitted.

Watts, of New Road, Trimley St Mary, arrived at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court today for his first appearance.

Watts, formerly of Windermere Road, Stowmarket, was charged earlier this month at Bury St Edmunds police station after a seven-month investigation.

He has since been on conditional bail pending his court appearance.

Police had been investigating Cameron's death after a member of hospital staff reported the suspicious admittance of the child on November 12.

Detectives arrested Watts – who is understood to have moved to Trimley about three months ago following his son's death – 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.

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

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

However, the child was not known to the welfare staff at Suffolk County Council and had not been on the social services register of children "at risk".

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