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Man and woman deny manslaughter of child who 'ingested methadone'

Anne-Marie Howell, 41, and Andrew Jon Howell, 44 Credit: NCJ Media Syndication

A man and woman have denied the manslaughter of a child who is said to have died after "ingesting methadone".

Anne-Marie Howell, 41, and Andrew Jon Howell, 44, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Monday in connection with the death of a one-year-old boy.

Both face two charges each - causing or allowing the death of a child and manslaughter - dating back to April 29, 2017 in Middlesbrough.

The allegations are in connection with the death of Jackson Curtis Howell.

The visibly upset duo, who held hands throughout the short hearing, pleaded not guilty to all charges against them.

Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said: "This is a case involving the ingestion of methadone by a one-year-old boy."

Anne-Marie Howell, 41, and Andrew Jon Howell, 44 Credit: NCJ Media Syndication

He added that the case was also "a little more complicated than that" as there are alleged "issues related to treatment" involving James Cook University Hospital.

He said that there would be a "large number of medical experts" required as witnesses.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told the pair they would return to the court on November 19 for a pre-trial hearing.

Both, of Tranter Road, Saltersgill, were given unconditional bail until their next appearance.