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Cherished

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7489.484 (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:484
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    BBC 1, 22 February, 9 pm

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    This drama-documentary on the case of Angela Cannings takes its title from the words of the judge who sentenced her to life imprisonment for the murder of her two baby sons, Jason and Matthew, who died in 1991 and 1999 respectively. Eighteen months later, in December 2003, Mrs Cannings was freed on appeal in a judgment that will have far-reaching implications for the way suspected baby killings are dealt with in future.

    “I have no doubt that for a woman like you to have committed the terrible acts of suffocating your own babies there must have been something seriously wrong with you,” Mrs Justice Hallett told Mrs Cannings when sentencing her after the original trial. “All the evidence indicates you wanted the children, and apart from these terrible incidents you cherished them.

    “So in my layman's view, it is no coincidence that these events took place within weeks of your giving birth. It can, in my …

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