A mother charged with a number of offences following  the death of her three-month-old daughter has had the murder charge dropped.

Carly Easey, 35, who still faces a charge of causing or allowing the death of her child and neglect offences, was accused of murdering her daughter Eleanor, alongside husband Christopher Easey in December 2019. 

The couple, of Old Roman Bank, Terrington St Clement, appeared at Norwich Crown Court last Wednesday for a bail application when prosecutors confirmed, following further medical evidence, they were no longer pursuing the murder charge against her.

Mr Easey, 30, remains accused of murder and faces charges of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable child and child cruelty.  

Both have denied the offences and a provisional trial date has been set for Monday, March 8. Both were granted bail.

Eleanor was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on December 18 last year after becoming unresponsive at her home in Morton on the Hill near Norwich. She was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where she died on December 20.

A post mortem examination found she had died from a severe head injury. It also revealed she was malnourished and had numerous historic fractures.