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A coroner says lessons must be learned after a mother killed her son whilst suffering serious mental health problems.
Melanie Ruddell from County Durham strangled 2 year old Christy. Her family and friends say their concern had fallen on deaf ears.
An inquest has heard that a mother was assessed as having 'acute psychosis' just hours before she killed her young son.
Melanie Ruddell was taken to hospital but discharged herself before she could be seen by a specialist mental health team. A short time later, Mrs Ruddell strangled 2 year old Christy.
Helen Ford has been at the inquest in Sunderland.
The brother of a woman who killed her son has told an inquest he never thought she would harm the child.
Melanie Ruddell from County Durham pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of two year old Christy on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Neil Close told the inquest in Sunderland that despite his sister's unusual behaviour, he had 'no worries' for Christy because he knew Melanie to be a good mother. The hearing continues.
The inquest into the death of a toddler who was killed by his mother has begun in Sunderland.
Melanie Ruddell strangled two-year-old Christy while experiencing mental health problems. She then took her son's body to a police station.
Helen Ford is at the inquest.