Suzanne Holdsworth, from Hartlepool UK, is serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing a baby by smashing his head against a banister – a crime that a leading neuro-pathologist claims could not have happened.
At the trial, it was alleged that Holdsworth had smashed two-year-old Kyle Fisher into the banister with a force of 60 mph. But Dr Waney Squier, leading pathologist, says this scenario is nonsense: if Kyle’s head had hit the banister like that, his skull would obviously have been fractured. But Kyle suffered only superficial bruising consistent with a minor accident. Dr Squier said Kyle likely died of a seizure – to which he was prone – and the pathologist is disturbed that he was not called on to testify at the trial.
The BBC asked Holdsworth how she would cope with being in prison for the third Christmas in a row. She replied:
“I go on the phone, pretend I’m fine because my babies and my partner are having Christmas. I go back to my room and I cry and I cry and I cry.”
Then the prison punished Holdsworth for talking to the BBC! It seems prisoners don’t have the right to be upset about being separated from their families! She has been disciplined for talking to the BBC and now has severe limits put on her ability to contact her family!
It is widely believed that Holdsworth is not guilty of any crime. A report on the case by journalist John Sweeney is to be shown tonight (Thursday, 6 December) on Newsnight, BBC2, at 2230 GMT.