Baby P’s mother to be released from prison after parole board hearing

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Baby P’s mother, who died after months of abuse, could be freed from prison after the parole board ruled she should be freed.

Tracey Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or enabling the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3, 2007.

Publicly known as Baby P, he had suffered more than 50 injuries – despite being on the People at Risk Register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and medical professionals in eight months.

Connelly admitted the offense and was sentenced to imprisonment for the protection of the public (IPP) for a minimum of five years.

The parole board said on Wednesday: ‘After considering the circumstances of his offense and the time spent on licence, the progress made while in custody, the evidence presented in court and the recommendations of the witnesses, the board was satisfied that Mrs. Connelly was fit for release.”

This is Connelly’s fourth review by the parole board since his incarceration. The decision was due to be made last year but was delayed for more reports and information.

Connelly was released on license in 2013 but was called back to prison in 2015 for violating her parole conditions.

The Parole Board reviewed her case for the third time in 2019 following previous reviews in 2015 and 2017, and refused to release her or transfer her to an open prison.

In 2020, she lost an appeal against the parole board’s latest decision not to release her.


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