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Mother is back home.

Tragic mother Angela Cannings was waking up a free woman today after being cleared of murdering her two baby sons.

The 40-year-old said she was determined to be "mummy" to her surviving daughter after the Court of Appeal overturned a life sentence yesterday.

The case came amid continuing doubt about the causes of cot death, which she has always insisted killed her little boys.

Her husband Terry Cannings told a national newspaper: "We have been through a living hell - but I never doubted her once. I knew she didn't do it. She adores children and her dream has been to have a family."

A tearful Mrs Cannings held hands with her husband on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice in London as she recalled that her first child, 13-week-old Gemma, had also died of sudden infant death syndrome in 1989.

The four years since the death of her last baby had been a "living hell", she said.

The couple's surviving seven-year-old daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been "our inspiration to carry on".

The Court of Appeal overturned a jury's verdict in April last year that shop assistant Mrs Cannings smothered seven-week-old Jason in 1991 and 18-week-old Matthew in 1999.

She was not charged over Gemma's death.

At the end of a five-day hearing, appeal judge Lord Justice Judge said the court had reached the "clear conclusion" that the convictions were unsafe and should be quashed.

Defence lawyers for Cannings claimed that one prosecution expert, paediatrician Professor Sir Roy Meadow, had given "misleading" evidence.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2003
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