Paramedic sobs as she is cleared of killing the 10-month-old girl she was desperate to adopt and says she can now finally grieve

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Paramedic sobs as she is cleared of killing the 10-month-old girl she was desperate to adopt and says she can now finally grieve

A paramedic cleared of killing a baby girl she desperately wanted to adopt says she is finally able to grieve for the daughter she lost.

Sarah Higgins, 42, denied the manslaughter of baby Skyla Giller, who she and her partner Martin Dobson were fostering whilst in the adoption process.

Higgins said she and Mr Dobson were happy at finally having a baby after eight unsuccessful rounds of IVF and always claimed Skyla wriggled from her arms. She sobbed with relief in the dock as the jury foreman announced the verdict halfway through the second day of deliberations.

As she left the court she fell into the arms of her partner Martin Dobson, both of them in tears and she wept: ‘It’s over.’ In a statement she said she had escaped a ‘terrible miscarriage of justice’ and wanted time to recover from the death of the little girl, whom she had re-named Hannah.

‘On the 26th August 2017 I lost my beautiful little girl in what has now been recognised to have been a truly tragic accident. ‘I am grateful to my friends and family who have believed in me and have supported me throughout this awful time. The people who know me, knew all along that I was never capable of that which was being alleged.

‘I would like to thank my legal team, Jamie Hill, QC, Rebecca Young and Angela Ambler and the independent medical experts who supported my case.

‘These were world renowned experts and without their expertise I could have been the […]

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