Baby P’s mother Tracey Connelly released from prison

Baby P’s mother Tracey Connelly released from prison


racey Connelly, the mother of Baby P who died after months of abuse, has been freed from jail.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that Connelly was released by the Parole Board after a rejected appeal against the decision by Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.

Connelly, 40, was jailed in 2009 after admitting causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son, Peter, in a case that shocked the nation.

The toddler died after suffering a catalogue of abuse and horrific injuries at his home in Tottenham, north London, in the months before he died.

Baby P’s mother has previously been released from prison, but was recalled after breaching the terms of her licence.

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In a statement, Mr Raab said: “Tracey Connelly’s cruelty was pure evil, which is why I strongly opposed her release.

“The decision to let her out demonstrates why the Parole Board needs a fundamental overhaul, including a ministerial block, to protect the public and keep dangerous offenders off our streets.”

Baby P had suffered more than 50 injuries despite being on an at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers and other authorities in the lead-up to his death.

Reviews carried out after Baby P’s death identified multiple missed opportunities for officials to save the toddler’s life if they had noticed warning signs of the abuse.

A Parole Board spokesman previously said in a statement: “Following the reconsideration application from the Secretary of State, a judge has ruled that the decision made by independent Parole Board members to release was not irrational, as stated in the reconsideration application, and the original decision is upheld.”

Connelly will be subject to restrictions on her movements, activities and who she contacts, among other licence conditions.

They include living at a specified address – initially a bail hostel – as well as being supervised by probation, wearing an electronic tag, adhering to a curfew and having to disclose her relationships.

Her use of the internet and a phone will be monitored, and she has been told she cannot go to certain places to “avoid contact with victims and to protect children”.

Connelly’s then-boyfriend, Steven Barker, and his brother, Jason Owen, were also jailed in 2009 for causing or allowing Peter’s death in 2007.