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May 30, 2019

Ignatius Hughes QC secures acquittal of alleged Munchausens-by-Proxy mother, accused of repeatedly smothering and poisoning baby daughter in Derriford hospital.

The case involved paediatric and other expertise. Metabolic acidosis in blood-gas readings (a point not raised by counsel or medics at an earlier trial) proved pivotal in establishing a potential for natural apnoea, and the jury accepted that against a background of £1.7bn annual NHS negligence payouts, hospital error could explain toxicology.

Mother and daughter to be reunited after four years.