How did a woman kill the child she was trying to adopt?

  • Duncan Leatherdale
  • BBC News

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The boy was on trial with his new parents when he was killed

Leland James Corkill was 13 months old when he was murdered by Laura Cassel, the woman who wanted to adopt him as her child.

After the woman was convicted of murder, here are the details of the tragedy:

Leland’s start to life has not been a happy one since birth as he was taken into the care of Cumbria County Council just two days after his birth on December 21, 2019 and placed with another family until until an adoptive family is finally found.

Charlotte Day, the lady who was given custody of the baby for the first eight months of his short life, said Leland James was truly a “happy, joyful child”.

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