AN independent investigation has ruled that there was no misconduct during the murder inquiry into the death of a two-year-old boy.
Suzanne Holdsworth was jailed for life in 2005 after being convicted of killing Kyle Fisher by banging his head against a bannister at her home in Millpool Close, Hartlepool, while babysitting as his teenage mother Clare was on a night out.
But her partner, Lee Spencer, battled to clear her name and unearthed medical evidence that showed Kyle suffered from a combination of brain disorders.
The Court of Appeal quashed Suzanne’s conviction and she was cleared at a retrial after new medical evidence suggested Kyle died after suffering from an epileptic fit.
After the case, Suzanne and Lee made 27 complaints about the investigation by Cleveland Police and an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) probe was launched.
Commissioner Nicholas Long has now concluded that there is no evidence to hold up the couple’s claims.
He said: “I believe this investigation has been a comprehensive investigation and examined each and every complaint in detail.
“What it has concluded is that those complaints cannot be substantiated. There is no evidence of any misconduct.”
Cleveland Police Chief Constable Sean Price has welcomed the findings.
He said: “I accept that this has been a stressful time for Ms Holdsworth and her partner; however I do feel that all issues in relation to the police investigation have been answered and I hope they can both start to move on with their lives.”