Doctor failed to stop psychotic woman leaving Hartlepool hospital just hours before she killed toddler son, tribunal hears

HAPPIER TIMES: Melanie Ruddell with son Christy (picture courtesy of ITV)

HAPPIER TIMES: Melanie Ruddell with son Christy (picture courtesy of ITV)

AN A&E doctor failed to stop a psychotic woman leaving hospital just hours before she killed her two-year-old son, a tribunal heard.

Dr Clement Agbatar should have ensured Melanie Ruddell was seen by the crisis team at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and sectioned, it is claimed.

From: Joanna Bamford [mailto:Joanna.Bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk] 
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Christy Ruddell - toddler who was taken to Peterlee Police Station by his mother, Melanie Ruddell
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Ms Ruddell discharged herself and later that night strangled and stabbed her son Christy at her brother’s home in West Rainton in Tyne and Wear.

 

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