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Sentence increase for woman who killed her baby son

A mum from Windsor who continually abused her baby ending in his death, had four years added to her prison sentence today by the Court of Appeal. The original sentence of 14 years was described as too lenient after she left her 11-month-old son with bruising and broken bones before he died.

Cary Johnston has this report.

Sentence increase for mum who killed her baby

The Court of Appeal has increased the minimum sentence of a Windsor mother who was convicted of murdering her own child.

Emma Wilson was jailed for life, and told she would serve a minimum of fourteen years after inflicting fatal injuries to her eleven month old baby, Callum.

However, the Attorney General referred the case, as being potentially unduly lenient.

She will now serve a minimum of seventeen years.


14-year jail sentence for killing baby son is "too lenient"

Emma Wilson was jailed for 14 years for the murder of her son Callum, who was just 11 months old.

Today, the Attorney General is appealing her sentence at the Court of Appeal in London, saying it was "too lenient."

Emma Wilson is to appeal against her 14 year jail sentence for killing her son

She was sentenced to life, serving a minimum of 14 years in jail in January this year.

Callum died of an "unsurvivable brain injury."

Baby Callum died of an "unsurvivable brain injury"

He had spent the first months of his life in foster care before being returned to his natural mother Emma.

A review into his death last month said more could have been done to save him.

"Missed opportunities" to stop mother murdering baby

Video. "A catalogue of errors and missed opportunities." That was the damning verdict of a serious case review today, into the death of an 11-month old baby, murdered by the person who should have protected him the most.

Callum Wilson had spent the first months of his life in foster care before being returned to his natural mother Emma. She was sentenced to life for his murder two months ago.

The review said more could have been done to save him. Windsor and Maidenhead Council apologised for what happened.

Cary Johnston reports, and spoke to Alison Alexander from Children's Services at Windsor and Maidenhead Council.

Baby Callum's death "could have been prevented"

The serious case review into the death of 11-month-old Callum Wilson, who died at the hands of his mother, concluded if action had been taken, his death would likely have been prevented.

11-month-old Callum Wilson died of an "unsurvivable brain injury"

The 185-page report said that little or no action was taken, despite scratches and bruises on baby Callum being identified by a social worker, a health visitor, a children's centre and even Callum's GP.

The report was prepared for the Windsor and Maidenhead Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Two months ago, his mother Emma Wilson was sentenced to life in prison for his murder.

Callum had spent the first few months of his life with foster parents, before being returned to his natural mother.

Mother killed 11-month old son: Police statement

Speaking following the sentencing, Thames Valley Police's Det Supt Ian Hunter, said: “The sentence today is a reflection of the abuse Callum suffered at the hands of someone entrusted to care for him and the pain he must have felt during his short life.

“It also reflects on the dedication and efforts of the investigating officers and prosecution team to deliver justice for Callum during what was a difficult and emotional case for many of them.

“Of course, sadly it does not bring Callum back and our thoughts will always remain with him.”


Mother jailed for killing son: CPS statement

Adrian Foster, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "This was an extremely difficult and complex case to prosecute.

"Without any eye witnesses, we needed lengthy and highly technical evidence from top medical experts to help provide an explanation as to why this baby died.

"The truth is that the fatal injuries Wilson caused were the culmination of a series of violent acts by her towards her son.

“We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help his extended family come to terms with this tragic event.

"No matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss of Callum. Our thoughts are very much with his extended family at this time."

Murdering mother to spend at least 14 years behind bars

A mother who murdered her 11 month old son has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to life in jail, to serve a minimum of 14 years.

Emma Wilson murdered her son Callum in March 2011.

She inflicted an "unsurvivable brain injury" to the little boy.

He also suffered rib, arm and leg fractures as well as bruising across his face and body.

Emma Wilson will spend at least 14 years in jail for the murder of her baby son
11 month old Callum suffered an 'unsurvivable brain injury'