Authorities say there’s not enough evidence to prosecute a British couple whose baby died while they were on a 24-hour dr
Freddie Neil was just a month old when he died on the floor wedged between a wall and bed in his brother’s room.
His parents Matthew Neil, 34, and Kim Smart-Neil, 32, were arrested and charged with neglect and manslaughter.
But Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service later decided to drop charges after deciding there was not enough evidence, the Mail Online reports.
A review of the case found the baby’s parents spent the 24 hours before his death drinking a large quantity of alcohol in a pub and at their home in Blackpool, Lancashire.
Matthew Neil was eventually woken on Boxing Day 2014 by the cries of their other young son and noticed Freddie wasn’t in his basket.
He found him unresponsive and partially wrapped in blankets on the floor in the other son’s room, but neither parent could say how he got there.
The father tried CPR but the baby was pronounced dead after being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Coroner Alan Wilson, who recorded an open verdict, heard that Freddie had bronchitis and it was impossible to say what exactly caused his death.
Mr Neil was an ‘admitted alcoholic’ but a report by the Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board found there was nothing authorities involved with Freddie’s family could have done to prevent or predict his death.
Readers have taken to social media to lambast the parents, with most comments calling for them to be “locked up”.
The Mail Online understands the couple are no longer together.