The former partner of a Luton man, who was found dead last month days before he was due in court over the death of a child, will appear in court this month charged with the same offences.
Kirsty Lee, 25, of Windsor, and Alistair Wayne Bowen, 36, of Luton, were jointly charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child. They appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court in April.
A post-mortem established the toddler’s cause of death as a head injury.
Bowen, who was found dead at his home on Drayton Road, Luton on July 11, was set to appear in Guildford Crown Court six days later.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
The one-year-old’s mother, Kirsty Lee, is due to appear at Guildford Magistrate’s Court for a plea and case management hearing on Friday, August 28.
A Surrey Police spokesperson said: “Kirsty Lee, 25, has been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child contrary to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.”
Police began probing Bowen and his former partner after officers were alerted by staff at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, where Lee’s daughter Cara Lee-Fanus was admitted with serious injuries on Wednesday, May 28 2014.
She was later transferred to St George’s Hospital in Tooting but died the following day.