Northampton Crown Court: Mother admits she was responsible for the death of her son

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A 33-year-old woman has admitted she is responsible for fatal head injuries suffered by her four-month-old son in her Northamptonshire home.

Eloise Burton-Cope, now of Milton Keynes, appeared at Northampton Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to murdering Leon Cope. However, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of lack of intent.

Baby Leon died on March 31 last year as a result of head injuries sustained at their home in south Northamptonshire. He was admitted to Milton Keynes Hospital on Saturday, March 29, and was later transferred to John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where he sadly died.

The court heard that Burton-Cope, who appeared visibly upset in the dock, had suffered from severe postnatal depression.

Burton-Cope, who previously lived in south Northamptonshire, was released on bail. She will be sentenced in September.