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Parents of baby killed by TV crush to be sentenced

Flowers outside the house on Scarlett Street, Burnley. Photo: ITV Granada

The parents of a four-month-old boy in Lancashire killed when a five-stone television set dropped on his head will be sentenced for child neglect.

Kian McMillan, who had been on his changing mat below the TV, died a day later in hospital from "catastrophic injuries" after the incident at his home in Burnley on December 6 2011.

Natalie McMillan, 25, initially told detectives she accidentally knocked the TV set over as she attempted to move it to plug in a scart lead and watch a DVD.

Last month she was cleared by a jury at Preston Crown Court of Kian's manslaughter after she had pleaded guilty during her trial to child neglect.

She denied she had been under the influence of drugs when her son died but tests later showed she had taken heroin and valium.

When giving evidence she claimed ex-partner Edward Hanratty, 41, was the person responsible for the television falling and that she was upstairs in bed when it happened.

Hanratty also changed his plea to guilty of child neglect after he gave evidence.

The prosecution had alleged McMillan was responsible for the toppling TV while Hanratty was passed out on the kitchen floor through drink and drugs.

She said she decided to accept the blame on his behalf from the moment she made the 999 call from the address in Scarlett Street because she was scared of him.

McMillan, of Clarendon Road, Leeds, and Hanratty, of Dirkhill Road, Bradford, were both told they could be jailed when they were bailed ahead of sentencing.