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Woman charged with murdering 18-month old child

Shi-Anne Downer
Shi-Anne Downer

A woman has been charged with murdering a toddler who was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

Kandyce Downer, from Weoley Castle, Birmingham, will appear before magistrates in the city tomorrow accused of killing 18-month-old Shi-Anne Downer.

The unemployed 35-year-old, of Beckbury Road, faces a separate charge of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Shi-Anne, also known as Keegan Downer, died on Saturday morning at Birmingham Children's hospital.

A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death was inconclusive and further tests will now take place.

A 37-year-old man from Stourport in Worcestershire and a man aged 34 from Oldbury, near Birmingham, have both been released on police bail pending further enquiries and will return for further questioning on a date next month.

A police spokesman said Shi-Anne had been placed with Downer, an extended family member, under a special guardianship court order.