A man and a woman are set to appear in court over the death of a ‘severely emaciated and neglected’ 24-year-old woman.

Deborah Leitch, who had Down’s syndrome, was found dead at a home in Blackpool by paramedics on August 29, 2019.

A post mortem examination has now revealed she died from severe emaciation and neglect, with an extensive scabies skin infection.

Police interviewed six suspects in connection with the tragedy and two people have today been summonsed to court.

Elaine Clarke, 48, from Blackpool, faces a charge of gross negligence manslaughter, while Robert Bruce, 45, from Rothwell, Leeds, has been summonsed over allegedly allowing or causing the death of a vulnerable adult.



Police originally questioned six suspects but four have been released without charge

The pair are due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on April 20.

Four other people have been released without charge.

Ms Leitch, known as Debbie, was previously described as a ‘wonderful girl’, according to the Blackpool Gazette.

A statement shared on behalf of her family said she was “always happy, and always friendly”.

A Lancashire Police spokesman today said: “A man and woman have been summonsed to appear at court in connection with the death of a woman in Blackpool.

“Police were called by the ambulance service around 10.40pm on August 29th, 2019 to a report paramedics were attending an address on Garden Terrace.



Dyson was sentenced at Blackpool Magistrates Court
The pair will appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

“Officers attended and sadly found the body of a 24-year-old Deborah Leitch, known as Debbie, deceased inside the address.

“A Home Office post mortem examination gave a cause of death as severe emaciation and neglect with extensive scabies skin infection.

“A total of six people were interviewed as suspects in connection with the inquiry and following a thorough police investigation and after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service two people have today (Tuesday, March 23rd) been summonsed to appear at court.

“Elaine Clarke, 48, of Garden Terrace, Blackpool has been summonsed to answer the charge of gross negligence manslaughter. Robert Bruce, 45, of Windsor Court, Rothwell, Leeds, has been summonsed for the offence of allowing or causing the death of a vulnerable adult.”





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