Murder cops probe death of one-year-old Leiland placed with couple for adoption

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MURDER cops are probing the death of a one-year-old boy months after he was placed with a couple for adoption.

Leiland Corkill was rushed to hospital with a severe head injury and died the next day.

One-year-old Leiland Corkill was rushed to hospital with a severe head injury and died the next day

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One-year-old Leiland Corkill was rushed to hospital with a severe head injury and died the next dayCredit: Refer to caption

Leiland was taken from his natural mum Laura Corkill at only 48 hours old and placed into the care of Cumbria Social Services

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Leiland was taken from his natural mum Laura Corkill at only 48 hours old and placed into the care of Cumbria Social ServicesCredit: Refer to caption

A man, 34, and woman, 37, were then arrested on suspicion of murder.

Leiland’s devastated ­natural family buried him in their home town of Whitehaven, Cumbria.

Gran Yvonne Corkill, 57, said: “It’s horrible. He was a happy, cheerful little boy and we can’t believe what’s happened.”

Paramedics were called to a house in Barrow-in-Furness on January 6.

Leiland was taken to a local hospital then moved to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Natural mum Laura, 37, was alerted and she and Yvonne raced to his side.

Yvonne said: “I was there when he was born and I was there at the end. I can’t believe the two were just a year apart. It’s too much to bear.”

She said Laura was distraught when Leiland was taken into care within 48 hours of his birth.

 'It’s horrible. He was a happy, cheerful little boy and we can’t believe what’s happened'

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Gran Yvonne Corkill said: 'It’s horrible. He was a happy, cheerful little boy and we can’t believe what’s happened'Credit: Refer to caption

 'I don’t need to be constantly reminded of my bad choices from my past experience'

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Laura posted a pic on Facebook after an access visit saying: 'I don’t need to be constantly reminded of my bad choices from my past experience'Credit: Refer to caption

Laura still saw him regularly before he was put up for adoption.

Last August she posted pics of him on Facebook.

She wrote: “I don’t need to be constantly reminded of my bad choices from my past experience.

“I will live with them for the rest of my days.”

Cumbria council said Leiland was in its care and placed with potential adoptive parents before a final order was granted.

The authority also faced criticism over the death of Poppi Worthington, who died aged 13 months while in its care in 2012.

An inquest into Leiland’s death was adjourned on January 26 pending a police investigation.

Gran Yvonne holds a picture of her grandson Leiland

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Gran Yvonne holds a picture of her grandson LeilandCredit: Richard Rayner

A man, 34, and woman, 37, were arrested on suspicion of murder

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A man, 34, and woman, 37, were arrested on suspicion of murderCredit: Refer to caption

Leiland’s devastated ­natural family buried him in their home town of Whitehaven, Cumbria

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Leiland’s devastated ­natural family buried him in their home town of Whitehaven, CumbriaCredit: Richard Rayner

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Police said a couple from Barrow have been bailed.

They were arrested on suspicion of murder, assault, ill-treatment and neglect, cops said.

The council has recommended a full independent safeguarding review.

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