Mum in court charged with neglect following baby death

Nikki Gooch and baby Autumn.

Nikki Gooch and baby Autumn.

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A mother appeared at Luton Crown Court today (Wednesday) charged with child neglect after the unexplained death of her 19-month-old baby daughter.

Nikki Gooch, 28, from Maulden, Beds, is accused of neglecting her daughter Autumn who died on Saturday, April 11.

She was granted bail by Judge Richard Foster who was told that Gooch currently faces a ‘holding’ charge of neglect.

It will be another two weeks before a pathologist’s report is prepared, after which other charges may follow.

A plea and case management hearing was set for September 1, with a possible trial date on November 2.