Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tot's Mum Rejects Claims; Woman Accused of Losing Her Temper

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tot's Mum Rejects Claims; Woman Accused of Losing Her Temper

Article excerpt


A MOTHER who saw her toddler son die with brain injuries has been accused of inflicting his bruises herself.

Clare Fisher, the mother of two-year-old Kyle Fisher, told a murder trial yesterday: "I would never hurt Kyle, never."

She was giving evidence at the trial of Suzanne Holdsworth, 38, the babysitter who denies killing the boy by banging his head against her banisters.

The Crown say his brain injuries must have been caused while Holdsworth was alone with Kyle at her home on Millpool Close, Hartlepool.

He was taken ill on July 21, 2004, and died in hospital two days later.

Holdsworth's barrister Andrew Thomas QC yesterday suggested the child's young single mother caused his injuries.

He told Miss Fisher: "It wasn't Miss Holdsworth who was being aggressive towards Kyle.

"Sadly the only explanation for Kyle's injuries, those many injuries he had acquired over a number of days, is that you've lost your temper with him."

"No," 24-year-old Miss Fisher told Teesside Crown Court.

She added: "The only time I would ever shout at Kyle was when he was touching things he shouldn't have.

"I would never, ever hit Kyle. I was struggling but I would never hit Kyle.

Kyle was my life."

The Crown say Holdsworth assaulted Kyle causing bruises two nights in a row - July 20 and 21 - causing his fatal injuries on the 21st.

Miss Fisher was asked if she struck Kyle on the first night when she went upstairs to see him after returning to Holdsworth's house. "No, I never," she replied.

"Did you bang his head on something like the bed or the banisters?" asked Mr Thomas.

"No. The most I ever did to Kyle was tap his head and raise my voice," Miss Fisher said.

Mr Thomas said: "Kyle had very severe bruising. None of us will ever know, perhaps other than you, what caused them. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.