- Tyne Tees
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.
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