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Coroner orders new baby Poppi Worthington death inquest

By David Mercer

A fresh inquest is to be held into the death of toddler Poppi Worthington.

It comes after a judge ruled the 13-month-old was sexually assaulted by her father, Paul Worthington, before her sudden death in December 2012.

She was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, then pronounced dead at hospital.

Mr Worthington (48), who was arrested but never charged, denies any wrongdoing.

David Roberts, senior coroner for Cumbria, said there was "substantial public interest" in the case and that a second inquest would be opened on March 18.

A pre-inquest review will be held on the same date to decide the scope of the probe.

John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, said: "This is an important step in salvaging justice for Poppi Worthington. It is good that the senior coroner decided to conduct a second inquest and recognised the very real public interest in this case. There have been too many delays, and I hope that this inquest will proceed as quickly as possible."

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