Trust apologises over "preventable" Brixham baby death
THE Devon Partnership NHS Trust has apologised after a report found that the killing of a 10-day-old boy by his mother in Brixham could have been prevented.
Katy Norris was suffering from severe depression when she smothered baby Leo in April 2010.
The report, commissioned by the NHS South West, found there was a lack of action to deal with Katy Norris' deteriorating mental health, and insufficient communication between NHS staff.
A spokesperson from the Devon Partnership NHS Trust apologised.
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Katy Norris, who was 31 at the time of the incident in pine Close, Brixham, was sent to a secure unit. She admitted infanticide via a video link.
She killed her baby after she stopped taking her medication.
Alison Moores, the director of nursing and practice at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, said: "This is one of the most tragic cases we have seen in the south west and I would like to offer my apologies and heartfelt sympathy to the family.
"It has had a significant impact upon the staff concerned, and our organisation as a whole, and we take the report’s findings very seriously indeed."