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The parents of a three-year-old girl who died at a nursery in York said they were 'disappointed' that the nursery did not admit their failings until the jury reached its verdict.
Lydia Bishop choked to death on her first full day at the York College nursery when she became tangled in a rope on an outdoor slide in September 2012.
Nursery worker Sophee Redhead was cleared of manslaughter. York College was today fined £175,000 for health and safety breaches.
In a statement, Rebecca Dick and Brad Bishop said: "We have re-lived those last moments of Lydia’s life in grave detail and heard evidence over and over surrounding the events of that day.
"For the last 17 months we felt terribly let down that throughout the process, no-one had accepted any responsibility for what happened to Lydia, which has made it even harder to deal with.
"It is obvious that fatal mistakes were made, both on that day and in the weeks and months leading up to it, and that Lydia was not properly cared for.
"We are disappointed that it is not until the jury reached their verdict that the college have finally admitted their failings and we acknowledge that they have finally apologised through their statement to the press.
“Although nothing could ever compensate for our tragic loss, we anticipated a more substantial penalty would be imposed on York College.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank North Yorkshire Police and Robert Smith QC for their efforts in bringing the case to it’s conclusion.
"We feel that we have remained dignified throughout the last 17 months and respectfully request that the members of the press respect our privacy at this time.”
A North Yorkshire college has been fined £175,000 over its part in the death of a three-year-old girl, who was strangled by a rope on her first day at nursery.
Lydia Bishop died at York College nursery in September 2012. Last week the college was found guilty of health and safety breaches which led to her death.
Michael Billington reports:
Following the sentencing of York College after the death of three-year-old Lydia Bishop, her parents, Rebecca Dick and Brad Bishop have released the following statement:
York College have released a statement following their fine of £175,000 for a health and safety breach in the death of toddler, Lydia Bishop:
A nursery worker cried in court today as she was cleared of the manslaughter of a three-year-old girl who died on her first day at the nursery. Toddler Lydia BIshop got her neck caught in a rope on a slide at York College Nursery.
Today Sophee Redhead was cleared of all charges against her. York College was found guilty of health and safety failings. Jon Hill reports:
York College have issued a statement over the death of toddler, Lydia Bishop:
The college took the decision to close the nursery immediately after the tragedy, and say it will not reopen.
A jury has cleared a nursery school teacher of the death of a toddler in her care.
Sophee Readhead wept as she was declared not guilty of manslaughter or a breach of health and safety.
Three-year-old Lydia Bishop choked to death on her first full day at the York College nursery when she became tangled in a rope on an outdoor slide.
York College nursery has been found guilty of one charge of a health and safety breach
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A nursery where a toddler died after being strangled by a rope has been fined £175,000 for "systemic" failings which led to her death.