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Cleared parents urge hospital probe

A young couple cleared of murdering their baby son have called for an inquiry into two hospitals responsible for his care, it has been reported.

Rohan Wray, 22, and Chana Al-Alas, 19, of London, were accused of abusing four-month-old Jayden, who suffered a fractured skull and died of brain damage in 2009.

However it was only after the death that doctors discovered the youngster was suffering from severe rickets, a disease caused by vitamin-D deficiency that causes bones to become soft.

The couple, of Islington, north London, said that the Great Ormond Street and University College hospitals should have diagnosed the problem earlier and blamed them for their son's death. They told BBC Radio 4's Today programme they believed Jayden would still be alive had his condition been correctly diagnosed.

Mr Wray, 22, said he was asked by staff at University College Hospital how his baby's injuries had occurred.

"I said apart from him rolling over in his cot and hitting his head on the side of the bars I can't think of any other explanation because we haven't dropped him, nothing's dropped on him," he said. "The look from them was that simply they didn't believe my explanation."

Ms Al-Alas, 19, said they were prevented from seeing Jayden after he was transferred to Great Ormond Street and later learnt the hospital had spent four hours getting his injuries scanned.

Last December the couple walked free from the Old Bailey after being cleared of killing Jayden. But they later faced allegations over the child's death in the civil family courts from the local authority in whose care their daughter Jayda had been since her birth in October 2010, at a time her parents had been charged with the murder of her brother.

The case brought by the London Borough of Islington was that Jayden "died as a result of inflicted trauma caused to him whilst in the care of the parents". It was further alleged that he suffered "a number of fractures that, despite having rickets, were caused by non-accidental injury".

However, in a judgment made public on Thursday, Mrs Justice Theis, sitting at the High Court's Family Division in London, ruled that the allegations made against them had not been proved. Care proceedings in relation to Jayda were dismissed and she was returned to live with her parents.

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