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Reading Crown Court: pair deny charges over death of Newbury baby

TWO people are set for trial on charges of murder and cruelty following the death of a baby.

A police investigation was launched after one-month-old Colby Lawton was found unconscious at Ashridge Court in Newbury in May last year.

Colby was later pronounced dead in hospital.

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One-month-old Colby Lawton died in May last year.

Yesterday (Monday) James Lawton and Chantelle Stroud appeared in the dock at Reading Crown Court where they faced charges in connection with Colby's death.

Mr Lawton, aged 27, of Boreham Field in Warminster, Wiltshire, is charged with one count of murder and one of causing grievous bodily harm.

Ms Stroud, aged 25, of Ashridge Court in Newbury, is charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and two counts of cruelty to a child.

The pair spoke only to confirm their identities and to plead not guilty to all the charges against them.

The case was adjourned for a management hearing in October.

Ms Stroud was granted bail but Mr Lawton was remanded in custody.

A trial, expected to last around five weeks, has been scheduled for November 1.

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