Baby muder, man charged

Police cordon and van outside Stanningley Drive, Mixenden back in March 2009
Police cordon and van outside Stanningley Drive, Mixenden back in March 2009

A 29-year-old man has been charged with the death of a baby girl.

Tony Burns appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with the murder of four-month-old Darcey Burns also known as Darcey Smith back in March 2009.

The incident happened in Stanningley Drive, Mixenden.

Burns also appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday where he was released on bail.

He will appear back at the crown court on Tuesday, December 17 for a preliminary hearing.

A 25-year-old woman called Victoria Smith has been charged with wilful neglect in connection with the same incident.

She appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Tuesday and is set to face trial at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, December 17.

She was released on unconditional bail.

Police were on guard at the house after the youngster died in Leeds Infirmary.

At the time it was understood that the child was originally taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital, then transferred to Leeds Infirmary, where she died.

Neighbours spoke of their shock at the time. “It’s absolutely shocking to think something awful might have happened so close to us. They only moved in a few weeks ago and kept themselves to themselves. You hardly ever saw them.

“I don’t think they worked and the curtains at the house would be closed all day. They certainly didn’t make any effort to meet any neighbours.”