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Hythe mum Chelsea Cuthbertson found guilty of manslaughter after trial at Winchester Crown Court




A HYTHE mother has been cleared of murdering her tiny six-week-old baby but found guilty of his manslaughter.

Chelsea Cuthbertson (28), of Knightwood Road, showed no emotion when the jury foreman revealed the verdicts at Winchester Crown Court this morning (Wednesday).

It marked the end of a trial relating to the death of Malakai Watts in February 2019.

Chelsea Cuthbertson stood trial at Winchester Crown Court
Chelsea Cuthbertson stood trial at Winchester Crown Court

Cuthbertson is due to be sentenced at the same court on Thursday.

The judge, Mr Justice Spencer, has remanded her in custody until then.

He said a "significant custodial sentence" appeared to be the "only option".

Detective Inspector Toby Elcock, the senior investigating officer said: “We hope that today’s result brings closure, but also some level of comfort to Malakai’s family, as they now know that the person responsible for his death has been brought to justice.

“My team and I have put Malakai at the heart of our investigation and we have worked tirelessly over the last couple of years to hold responsible the person who brought about Malakai’s death.

“Malakai’s mother has never admitted her involvement so we welcome the jury’s decision today to convict Chelsea Louise Cuthbertson.

“I would like to further extend my sincere condolences to Malakai’s family, and all those who knew him, for their loss.”



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