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Ruling Mother of tragic Baby P set to be released from prison 

Trace Connolly (40) was sentenced to time in prison until she was "deemed no longer to be a risk to the public"


Tracey Connolly and her son Peter (Baby P)

Tracey Connolly and her son Peter (Baby P)

Tracey Connolly and her son Peter (Baby P)

The mother of tragic Baby P is set to be released from prison.

After being rejected for release in 2015, 2017 and 2019, officials ruled on Wednesday that she is fit to be released from prison.

Tracey Connelly (40) was arrested in 2007 after her 17 month old son Peter died after suffering over 50 injuries over an 8 month period.

She pleaded guilty to causing or allowing the death of the toddler and was sentenced to a minimum term of 5 years or until she was "deemed no longer to be a risk to the public” and in particular to small children.

Released in 2013, she was locked up once again in 2015 after breaching her parole by selling nude photos of herself online.

As she was released on lifelong licence, she could be recalled to prison for any violations of the law.

Peter Connelly was found unresponsive in his cot at his home on August 3rd 2007 after an ambulance was called to the home.

The baby was blue and wearing only a nappy. After resuscitation attempts, he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination found that the tragic young boy had swallowed a tooth after being punched in the face.

Other injuries found that he had a broken back and broken ribs as well as mutilated fingertips and missing fingernails.

In December 2006, Tracey was arrested after a GP found bruises on the then 10 month old’s chest and face. He was taken into the care of a family friend but returned to his family home five weeks later.

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In the following 7 months he was in and out of paediatric care with bruises, black eyes, swelling, scratches and other injuries.

In June 2007, a social worker saw bruises on Peter and informed the police. A medical exam concluded that the injures on the young boy was the result of child abuse.

Baby P was once again placed with a family friend for safeguarding but a month later on 25 July, Haringey Council's Children & Young People's Service obtained legal advice which indicated that the threshold for initiating Care Proceedings was not met.

Tragically was once again returned to his mother and on the day prior to his death, Connelly was told she would not be prosecuted for child abuse after the case was considered by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Tracey’s boyfriend Stephen Barker and his brother Jason Owen were also living in the home at the time of Peter’s death and were also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person.

Barker received life in prison with a possibility of parole after 12 years. Owen received the same sentence as Connelly with a minimum term of 3 years but it was later appealed and changed to a six year fixed sentence.

At sentencing for the death of Baby P in 2009, Barker was also sentenced to life in prison for the rape of a two year old girl in North London.

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