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Woman charged with murder of seven-week-old baby

2014-02-03 00:51:22

Thomas Gacek died at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on 27 January

A 24-year-old-woman from Oldham has been charged with the murder of a seven-week-old baby, Greater Manchester Police have said.

The baby, named as Thomas Gacek, was taken from Hillside Avenue, in Oldham, to hospital on 26 January but died a day later.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from head injuries.

Katarzyna Gacek has been charged with murder while two men have been charged with child neglect.

Darren Butterfield, 35, of Ross Avenue, Chadderton, and Dawid Mokrzanowski, 26, of Hillside Avenue, will appear at Oldham Magistrates' Court along with Katarzyna Gacek on Monday.

The boy's family said in a statement: "As a family, we are all truly devastated and deeply shocked by the tragedy we have all suffered and the loss of our little baby boy.

"We are a private family and, as such, we would ask the media allow us time to grieve in peace and come to terms with this tragic situation we have all found ourselves in.

"We are aware that there are numerous stories in circulation at present. However, we would ask that only official police statements given by Greater Manchester Police are taken as factually correct."

Police officers were called to the Royal Oldham Hospital at 02:10 GMT last Sunday after reports that a baby had been admitted with severe head injuries.

Thomas was later transferred to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where he died from his injuries.


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