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British mom cleared of baby's Greek hotel death

British mom cleared of baby's Greek hotel death

A British tourist has been acquitted of killing her newborn son in a Greek resort hotel after spending 11 months in pretrial custody, her lawyer said Monday.
Leah Andrews will be released from jail and return to Britain later this week after a court in the Cretan town of Rethymno found her innocent of infanticide Friday, lawyer Zoe Lama said.
Under Greek law, the charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
The 21-year-old Londoner was arrested in July after giving birth alone in her Cretan hotel to a boy who was later found dead. But she was detained and charged after a coroner said the baby had been born alive and died of suffocation.
"Both we, her lawyers, our client and her family are very pleased with the decision," Lama told The Associated Press. "Her parents, sister and other family members were in court and they offered her great support."
The incident occurred at Malia, a resort popular with British tourists, where Andrews was on holiday with her sister and a female friend.
Lama said her client has not been freed yet due to a formality. She said Andrews must first complete paperwork at the mainland prison near the town of Thebes, where she was held before the trial.


Updated : 2021-03-05 18:32 GMT+08:00