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Tracey Connelly to be released from prison according to Parole Board
The mother of Baby P is to be released from prison after serving just four years in jail.
Tracey Connelly – who allowed her son Peter to be tortured to death by her boyfriend – will be released on parole, it was confirmed today.
The 17-month-old infant died at the family home in Penshurst Road, Tottenham, on August 3, 2007, after suffering more than 50 separate injuries.
Connelly was jailed indefinitely in May 2009 with a recommendation she serve a minimum of five years behind bars.
In a statement the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Tracey Connelly.
“Tracey Connelly first became eligible for parole in August 2012, and at that time a Parole Board panel made no recommendation to release.
“This is the second parole review for Tracey Connelly.
“The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent - arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Secretary of State.
“We are unable to comment further on the specifics of this case.”
At the time of his death Baby P was on the at-risk register and had received 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months.
He died a day after police told Connelly she would not be prosecuted over abuse of the 17-month-old.
A Serious Case Review was published after his death and found that everyone involved from doctors to police officers and social workers had failed him.
Connelly was charged with causing, or allowing, her son Peter's death.
She admitted the offence when charged and served several hundred days on remand before the case was taken to trial.
She is currently held at Low Newton jail near Durham.
Connelly was given a so-called imprisonment for public protection sentence, which carries a minimum term but not a maximum.
This means that she can only be considered for parole once the minimum term is served but could spend the rest of her life in prison if the parole board feel she is still a danger to the public.
Last week, it was reported that experts had said Connelly no longer posed a threat to the public and recommended that she be released.
Despite being release Connelly will remain on licence for the rest of her life and if she breaches any of the conditions, she can be recalled to prison indefinitely.
Connelly was jailed with her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen, who were convicted at trial of the same offence.
Sharon Shoesmith, who was the head of Haringey Borough Council’s children services at the time, lost her job as a result of the case.
She was dismissed by the council in December 2008 after a media outcry over the case but later launched a bid to clear her name claiming she was unlawfully sacked.
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