Humberside

Poppy Widdison death: Mother denies child cruelty

Michaela Pyke & John Rytting
Image caption Michaela Pyke & John Rytting both pleaded not guilty to child cruelty at Grimsby Crown Court

The mother of a four-year-old girl who suffered serious injuries before her death has denied child cruelty.

Poppy Widdison, from Grimsby, died in Sheffield Children's Hospital on 10 June 2013.

Her mother Michaela Pyke, 36, and John Rytting, 39, entered not guilty pleas to child cruelty charges when they appeared before the town's crown court.

They also pleaded not guilty to drugs related offences and have been bailed until 11 April for a trial.

Ms Pyke, of Ladysmith Road, Grimsby, denied seven drugs related offences and Mr Rytting, of Frederick Street, pleaded not guilty to three drugs offences, but admitted five further counts.

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Image caption Poppy Widdison was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital on Sunday with serious injuries

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