Jury retires in toddler nursery death

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a nursery worker accused of manslaughter following the death of a toddler on a playground slide.

Lydia Bishop

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.

Nursery worker Sophee Redhead, 25, is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence and an alternative health and safety charge. She denies both charges.York College denies one health and safety charge.

The prosecution at Leeds Crown Court has told the jury that Lydia was left unsupervised and "to her own devices" for up to 20 minutes when the tragedy happened in September 2012.It is also alleged there were "fundamental flaws" in the health and safety procedures at the college nursery.

Sophee Redhead has denied she did not look after Lydia properly.The college's defence counsel has said Lydia's death was an accident that could not have been foreseen.