Derby mum charged with murdering her five-month-old son

A Derby mum has been charged with murdering her five-month-old son.

Samantha Pink is alleged to have killed Connor Young at the Radbourne Unit of the Royal Derby Hospital.

The 39-year-old, of Stenson Fields, spoke only to confirm her name when she appeared over a video link at Derby Crown Court.

Wearing a black top and glasses she listened intently during the 30-minute hearing which saw a provisional trial date set for December 7.

Members of her family were also able to view proceedings through a separate link from a police station, along with officers who are investigating Connor’s death.

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Judge Nirmal Shant QC, Honorary Recorder of Derby, told the hearing that the case will be tried by a High Court judge.

Clive Stockwell QC, for Pink, asked for the murder charge not to be put to his client.

He said: “A psychiatrist has not yet had the opportunity to assist with the medical history of the defendant so far and I have not yet had the chance of sitting down with her and having a proper conference with Miss Pink.”

Prosecutor Mary Prior told the hearing that a trial date of February 22, 2021 had been initially identified.

But Judge Shant said it needed to be heard sooner than that and after a brief adjournment during which she spoke to the listing officer, she returned with the new date of of December 7.

Remanding Pink, who lives off Arleston Lane, into custody, she said: “The trial is expected to last seven-to-eight days with a review date of September 25 by which time psychiatric reports will have been received.”

At the opening of Connor’s inquest at Derby Coroner’s Court, it was heard how the young child was found to be unresponsive at The Beeches, a mother and baby inpatient unit based at the Radbourne Unit, a secure mental health centre, in Derby.

At the time of his passing, Connor had been staying at the perinatal mental health unit with his mother, Pink.

Police received a call from East Midlands Ambulance Service at around 12.15am on Sunday July 12 “stating that they had attended at The Beeches and were performing CPR on a baby”.

Connor was then taken to the children’s emergency department at the Royal Derby Hospital where he later died

The inquest was told that a postmortem examination had been carried out and a medical cause of death is at this stage pending further investigation.

Assistant coroner Louise Pinder formally opened the inquest, to be reviewed again in September while a further investigation is carried out.

The Radbourne Unit has 192 staff at its base in Uttoxeter New Road.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News