Nanny sentenced to 12 years in prison for murder of little boy

A nanny who admitted shaking and killing a nine-month-old baby boy she was supposed to care for has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison for manslaughter.

Karen Foster, 63, claimed Harlow Collinge fell and hit his head and she shook him “out of frustration”.

Harlow was taken to hospital from the address in Hapton, near Burnley, Lancashire, on March 1, 2022, but died four days later.

Foster was due to stand trial at Preston Crown Court for his murder last week, but the prosecution accepted a plea of ​​manslaughter.

Karen Foster claimed Harlow Collinge fell and hit his head (Lancashire Police)

The basis of his plea was that his “violent shaking” caused Harlow’s death after he fell from his high chair and started crying, the court heard.

Foster, a registered nanny with nine years’ experience, called 999 to say he was not breathing and told a paramedic he had “suddenly collapsed”.

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