Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Justice for Kyle

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Justice for Kyle

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Byline: Andy Passant

The tormented family of a murdered toddler spoke for the first time today of their heartbreak and claimed the justice system had let them down.

Babysitter Suzanne Holdsworth was jailed for life after being convicted of killing two-year-old Kyle Taylor - also known as Fisher - by repeatedly bashing his head against banister railings at her Hartlepool home.

She has been told she will serve at least ten years before she can be considered for parole.

But Kyle's family slammed the sentence as a "kick in the teeth".

They believe Holdsworth, pictured, should serve at least 15 to 20 years for the murder of the loving toddler "adored by everybody".

"We feel justice hasn't been done at all," said Kyle's mum Clare Fisher, 20. "In ten years she can still have a life. She has taken Kyle's away from him.

"She can still see her kids, we can't see Kyle."

Clare insisted they were not looking for vengeance but felt that the justice system had failed them.

"It is not revenge, it is justice. A life sentence is not ten years.

"We have got a lot of questions we want answered."

She said she would never see her son growing up, going to school and learning about life.

"He would have been bringing me pictures home, telling me what he had done at school.

"I am never going to see him get a girlfriend, get married, have kids."

Kyle's grandmother Linda Fisher, 42, said: "All we have got are memories and photographs - and a grave.

"He should not have died at two and a half, he should have had his whole life ahead of him. I should have died before him."

Mum Clare said on top of losing her son she felt like her name had been "dragged through the mud" during the court case.

"I felt like I was on trial. It was as if I was stood up there trying to prove my innocence."

Holdsworth's barrister Jeremy Richardson QC described Kyle's death as a "one-off tragedy".

Clare said: "This one-off thing cost me my son. …

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