Mother convicted of killing baby son who drowned after being left alone in bath for five minutes

Ross McGuinness
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A view of Northampton Crown and County Courts building
A mother was convicted at Northampton Crown Court last Friday of unlawfully killing her four-month-old son by gross negligence. (PA)

A mother has been convicted of killing her baby son who drowned after she left him alone in the bath for five minutes.

Simone Perry was found guilty of unlawfully killing her four-month-old son Renzo Lake by gross negligence.

He slipped out of his bath seat after she left the room for five minutes, a court heard.

An order banning Perry from being named was lifted by a High Court judge on Monday.

She was found guilty last Friday following a trial at Northampton Crown Court.

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Jurors heard that Renzo had died in a bath when nearly five months old in January 2019.

Police said Perry had left Renzo in a bath seat for five minutes. They said she had left the room assuming he would be safe.

But police said Renzo had slipped out of the bath seat and drowned.

Perry is due to be sentenced on 23 April.

On Monday, Mrs Justice Lieven ruled that Perry could be identified.

She lifted a reporting restrictions order, after the PA Media news agency mounted a challenge, and said Renzo’s name could also be revealed.

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The judge, who is based in London, considered reporting issues at an online private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.

Another judge had imposed reporting restrictions after a request from council social services bosses.

But PA Media said people had a right to know the names of people who were tried and convicted at public hearings, unless there were exceptional circumstances.

Mrs Justice Lieven agreed and said there was nothing exceptional about the case to justify Perry’s name being kept out of the public domain.