Woman charged in connection with death of 19-month-old baby

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Police have charged a woman with neglect in connection with the unexplained death of a 19-month-old girl.

Nikki Gooch, 28, from Maulden, was charged today (April 30) and will appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Central Bedfordshire Council said its Local Safeguarding Children Board has launched a serious case review.

Autumn’s father Craig MacDonald, 33, was too upset to speak on Wednesday (29/4).

But neighbours said tragic Autumn was a “happy little soul”.

Retired Marina Reilly, 69, said: “I was so saddened to hear what happened.

“She was a lovely baby and a happy little soul.”

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said Autumn was “very giggly”.

He said: “Autumn was a right giggler. She was a very smiley and happy little baby, it’s a real tragedy.”