24 years after the death of her baby, a prosecution was prompted by social workers’ unfounded suspicions.
Jennifer Liehne, 47, from Edinburgh, was convicted in 2006 of the culpable homicide of her own baby, who died in 1982. Her conviction was overturned following a reference by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Judges at the Scottish Court of Appeal said the judge at her trial failed to explain properly to the jury some of the complex medical and legal issues involved in the case. Following the 7 month old baby’s death, a post-mortem examination concluded that Jacqueline died as the result of a cot death, explained by pneumonia. The decision to re-open the case was prompted by social workers in 2001 when Ms Liehne became pregnant again and two daughters had already been taken away from her and put into care. Doctors then questioned the original findings. She will not be re-tried.
(Retrieved from BBC News, 2th May 2011)