Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Woman accused over child's death

A WOMAN has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a teenage girl at her home, police said today.

A WOMAN has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a teenage girl at her home, police said today.

Melissa Strickson (13), died and a friend was left fighting for her life in hospital last month after apparently taking tablets of Diazepam at a house in Darwen, Lancashire.

Sally Corkhill (40), and Lee Harrison (31), were initially charged with abduction after they allegedly allowed four girls to stay at their home in Sudell Road, Darwen.

Corkhill, who was also charged with supplying Harrison with class C drugs, has now been charged with the manslaughter of Melissa Strickson, police said.

Melissa was found, along with three other girls, at Corkhill and Harrison's home last month, after the girls' parents reported them missing.

Two were taken to hospital, but Melissa later died. It was thought that the pair had taken Diazepam.

Two other girls, both aged 11, were also found at the address but did not need hospital treatment.

Corkhill was charged with manslaughter and will appear before magistrates in Blackburn on December 3.

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