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Inquest into toddler's death

Lewis Mullins, who lived with his parents in Maltby, in Rotherham, died in April last after being seen by both an NHS Walk-In centre and twice at Rotherham Hospital in the three days before his death. He had been suffering from chickenpox.

Heather Kolar, a medical law specialist at Irwin Mitchell, representing Lewis' family, said: "His parents were distraught at losing Lewis just days after his first birthday. He had been suffering chicken pox but became more seriously ill in the days leading up to his death.

"His parents feel they have been told very little about what happened to Lewis and are seeking answers as to how he died."

The inquest is being held at Rotherham Magistrates Court and is due to finish today.


Lack of care contributed to grandmother's death

An inquest has found a lack of care contributed to the death of a 94 year old grandmother.

Molly Darby died four weeks after moving to The Beeches care home in Wath Upon Dearne near Rotherham in 2007. Her family say that within those four weeks she looked like a concentration camp victim.

At Rotherham Magistrates Court Coroner Nicola Mundy said:

I am not convinced the care staff claim to have given to Mrs Darby was in fact provided.

– Coroner Nicola Mundy

She went on to say that although Mrs Darby died of a chest infection she believed:

her nutritional status and mobility, both of which deteriorated at The Beeches, were contributory factors.

– Coroner Nicola Mundy

Inquest - day one

Warning: You may find some of the pictures and details in this report upsetting.

The family of a 94 year old grandmother who say she looked like a concentration camp victim just weeks after moving into a care home are hoping to find out just what led to her death.

Molly Darby's health deteriorated rapidly during her stay at the home in South Yorkshire and social services inspectors later found the home had been negligent.

An inquest has now begun to determine whether neglect did contribute to her death.

Molly Darby's family arrive at court

The family of a great grandmother from South Yorkshire say they hope an inquest into her death will provide some answers. The inquest opened at Rotherham Magistrates' Court today .

94 year old Molly Darby, who suffered from Alzheimer's, died in 2007 at Barnsley Hospital after spending four weeks at Beeches Care Home in Wath-on-Dearne.

The home denied any wrong-doing but a Rotherham Council Social Services investigation found Beeches to have been "negligent by omission" in its care of the pensioner. Mrs Darby's two sons say their mother looked like "a concentration camp victim" before she died.

Ray and Jim Darby took their fight for an inquest to the then Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, who gave his permission for it to be held to find out whether neglect played any part in Mrs Darby's death.

Since Molly's death, a new company - MHA - has taken over the care home.


'An enormous loss to us all'

An inquest will be held into the death of the first British female explosives expert to be killed in Afghanistan. Captain Lisa Head, of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, the Royal Logistic Corps, was injured while defusing an improvised explosive device in Helmand province in April 2011.

The 29-year-old, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was flown home and treated at hospital in Birmingham where she later died.Capt Head had deployed to Afghanistan in March last year. She had cleared one IED in an alleyway in Nahr-e-Saraj when a second device exploded.

We wish to say that we are extremely proud of Lisa. Lisa always said that she had the best job in the world and she loved every second of it. Lisa had two families - us and the Army. Lisa had a fantastic life and lived it to the full. No-one was more loved.

– Lisa's family statement

Captain Lisa Head will be remembered by the officers and soldiers of theregiment as a passionate, robust and forthright individual who enjoyed life tothe full - be it at work, on the sporting field or at the bar. She was totally committed to her profession and rightly proud of being an ammunition technical officer.She took particular pride in achieving the coveted 'high threat' status whichset her at the pinnacle of her trade... Her potential was considerable and she will be an enormous loss to us all.

– Lieutenant Colonel Adam McRae, the regiment's commanding officer

The inquest will be held at Bradford Coroner's Court this morning.

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