A young couple have been aquitted of murdering their four-month-old son after doctors discovered he suffered from severe rickets which led to his death from a fractured skull and brain damage in 2009.

Rohan Wray and Chana Al-Alas from Islington have blamed doctors at Great Ormond Street and University College hospitals for failing to diagnose the condition that ultimately contributed to his death and the couple's subsequent "agonising ordeal".

While awaiting trial on the original charge they lost custody of their other daughter Jayda, but despite being cleared in December 2010 Islington council refused to return Jayda until being cleared a second time yesterday [Apr 18].

Mr Wray said staff did not believe they had not deliberately hurt their son: "I said apart from him rolling over in his cot and hitting his head on the side of the bars I can't think of any other explanation because we haven't dropped him, nothing's dropped on him. The look from them was that simply they didn't believe my explanation."

The couple have called for any inquiry into the hospital's conduct and Ms Al-Alas added: "The doctors and the police made allegations against us without any real proof, then they acted on these allegations."

A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokesman said: "Our priority when Jayden arrived in the hospital was to try to save his life. Sadly we were unable to do this… We never took any position on whether any specific person caused these injuries."

Posted 20/04/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com