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24 January 2014, 14:17
A woman from Windsor has been jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years for the murder of her 11-month-old son Callum Wilson.
25-year-old Emma Wilson, of Paddock Close, was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London today (24/1).
Speaking following the sentencing, Det Supt Ian Hunter, said: “The sentence today is a reflection of the abuse Callum suffered at the hands of someone entrusted to care for him and the pain he must have felt during his short life.
“It also reflects on the dedication and efforts of the investigating officers and prosecution team to deliver justice for Callum during what was a difficult and emotional case for many of them.
“Of course, sadly it does not bring Callum back and our thoughts will always remain with him.”
Emma was convicted on 13 December 2013 after she was unanimously found guilty by jury of one count of murder, following a five week trial which took place at the same court.
The court heard Callum was born on 23 April 2010 and spent the first few months of his life with foster parents.
In November 2010, Callum returned to the care of his mother, Emma Wilson.
On Friday 18 March 2011 Callum was taken by ambulance to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough with injuries. Following medical tests he was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he died on Sunday 20 March 2011.
Emma Wilson was arrested on 31 March 2011 and during police interviews denied causing harm to Callum.
Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: ""This was an extremely difficult and complex case to prosecute. Without any eye witnesses, we needed lengthy and highly technical evidence from top medical experts to help provide an explanation as to why this baby died. This evidence enabled the prosecution to piece together what had happened and exclude any possible innocent explanation for the baby’s death.
“We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for baby Callum. We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help his extended family come to terms with this tragic event.”