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Toddler death inquest

The inquest into the death of a toddler is underway in Sunderland. Melanie Ruddell strangled her two-year-old son Christy and took his body to a police station.

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Toddler death mother had 'acute psychosis'

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.

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