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Declan Hainey death: Fatal accident inquiry to be held

Kimberley Hainey and son Declan
Image caption Kimberley Hainey's conviction for murdering son Declan was quashed by appeal court judges

A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is to be held into the death of toddler Declan Hainey - a year after the child's mother was cleared of murdering him.

Kimberley Hainey, 39, was jailed for killing Declan after his mummified body was found at their Paisley home - eight months after he was last seen alive.

Ms Hainey's conviction was quashed after appeal judges found problems with expert evidence led by prosecutors.

A preliminary hearing of the FAI into Declan's death will begin on 8 April.

Ms Hainey was jailed for life in January 2012 and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years after being convicted of murdering Declan at their home in Bruce Road, Paisley.

The child's mummified body was found in his cot in March 2010 - eight months after he was last seen alive.

Appeal court judges overturned Ms Hainey's convictions for murder and attempting to evade justice after finding serious problems with expert evidence led by prosecutors at her trial.

Following the ruling, the Crown Office said it would not be seeking a retrial.

An FAI can be held where there are issues of general public concern arising from a death.

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