Mum Forced To Hold Three Funerals For Baby After Police Blunders

28/07/2014 14:16 | Updated 20 May 2015

Mum forced to hold three funerals for baby after police blunders


A grieving mother was forced to hold THREE funerals for her baby after a series of blunders by police.

Corinne Budinger's baby, Joseph Mackin, was six months old when he was shaken to death by registered childminder, Helen Stacey, in 1997.

Stacey was found guilty of murdering Joseph and sentenced to life in prison.

Corinne, 52, from North Walsham, Norfolk, had to cope with the agony of Joseph's funeral and burial, and then Stacey's trial, before she moved to Suffolk to start a new life.

But in April 2012 officers visited Corinne and explained that they still held some of Joseph's body parts.

She had no choice but to go through the hell of a second funeral.

But months later Norfolk Police called again and revealed they had not given her Joseph's liver and some body tissues.

So Corinne, who had lived in North Walsham, and her family gathered round the grave again.

She told The Sun: "No mother should have to bury their baby three times. When the officers visited me out of the blue I had to sit down, I felt so ill.

"When they turned up again, that was enough to send me over the edge. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I had panic attacks and had to quit my job."

Corinne, 52, now living in Ipswich, Suffolk, took legal action against Norfolk Constabulary and was awarded an undisclosed payout in January.

Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall wrote: "I offer my sincerest apologies."

Babysitter Helen Stacey got life in 1998, but her sentence was reduced to seven years for manslaughter on appeal.


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