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Devon man admits killing infant son

A man from Devon has admitted killing his five week old baby son.

23 year old Matthew Wickens denied murdering his baby, Rylee Gardener, but admitted the manslaughter of the child when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court today.

Rylee was found dead in the Winner Street area of Paignton, Devon, on November 25th 2012.

Wickens has been remanded in custody until he is sentenced.

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Cases of Scarlet Fever soar across the South

It's an illness we associate with times gone by, not modern day, but Scarlet Fever has made a comeback. The highly contageous infection mainly affects children under 10 and sees them covered in a distinctive red rash.

Each year there's, on average, around 1,800 cases of scarlet fever nationally, this year there's been over 7,000 cases, and in the South alone there's already been more than 1,200 cases.

At the start of a new school term parents are being warned to look out for the symptoms. Andrew Pate has been to meet two-year-old, Sienna, who has recently suffered with the infection.

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