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Woman charged over toddler Rio Smedley death in Bolton

Rio Smedley
Image caption Rio Smedley was taken to hospital from his house in Bolton

A woman has been charged following the death of a two-year-old boy in Bolton.

Kirsty Smedley, 23, appeared at Bolton Magistrates' Court earlier, accused of allowing or causing the death of toddler Rio Smedley.

Rio was taken to hospital from his home in Bolton on 22 April and died of a severe abdominal injury.

Daniel Rigby, 22, of Somerset Avenue, Tyldesley, Wigan, has already been charged with the toddler's murder.

Police were called to the Bolton house following reports the toddler had gone into cardiac arrest.

He was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital, where he later died.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Rio had died as a result of sustaining the abdominal injury.

Ms Smedley and Mr Rigby are due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday.

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