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Woman faces charges over York College Nursery death

York College

2:49pm 15th March 2013
(Updated 3:10pm 15th March 2013)

Police investigating the death of three-year-old Lydia Bishop at York College Nursery on 17 September 2012, have today (15 March 2013) charged a 24-year-old woman with gross negligence manslaughter.

She will appear at York Magistrates’ Court on 8 April 2013.

York College will be summonsed to court for health and safety breaches.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This has been a very distressing case for everyone involved, not least for Lydia’s family who have suffered an extremely tragic loss.

“Our thoughts are with them and specially trained officers continue to support them through this very difficult time.

“The matter is now in the hands of the criminal justice system and we await the outcome of any subsequent court proceedings.”

Statement from York College

We have just been informed by North Yorkshire Police that one of our former nursery staff has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the tragic death of Lydia Bishop.

We also understand that York College will be asked to appear in court for health and safety breaches.

While the legal process is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

In the aftermath of this tragedy the thoughts of everyone at the College remain firmly with the family of Lydia and all of those affected by the events of 17th September 2012.


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