A PENSIONER has been found not guilty over the death of a baby boy killed in his pram in a horror crash.

Louis Thorold was being pushed on the pavement by mum Rachael when two vehicles collided in the road.


The crash caused a van to veer into Louis' pram – killing the five-month-old.

His mum Rachael was left with life-changing injuries and spent more than 100 days in hospital after the horror in Cambridge in January last year.

Shelagh Robertson, 75, was today cleared of causing the infant's death by careless driving by reason of sanity.

Jurors found her undiagnosed dementia had affected her driving at the time of the horror.

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Cambridge Crown Court heard how Robertson was driving home from Tesco when she turned into the path of an oncoming van on the A10 at Waterbeach.

The van killed little Louis and threw mum Rachael into the air.

One witness told how she saw "absolute terror" on the mum's face as the van came towards them.

She added: "I saw the pram just disintegrate into pieces and go under the van."

Robertson's legal team told the court she had undiagnosed dementia at the time of the crash.

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Prosecutors agreed she was suffering from the disease but argued "where on the slope of dementia Shelagh Robertson was in January 2021".

Jurors were told if they were satisfied that Robertson had dementia at the time and either did not know what she was doing or did not know that what she was doing was wrong, they could return a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Louis' dad Chris previously paid tribute to his baby son as Rachael recovered in hospital.

He said: "We will love you always our little Louis.

"You were only with us for a short time, but you made us the happiest people in the world.

"I cannot describe how heartbroken we are that you are gone. You are such a happy little boy and your joyful smile and laughter will never leave us.

"Your ma-ma is fighting to stay with us and we are praying that she will make it through.

"You will always be in our hearts and do not worry, I am taking care of all your animals.

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"We love you so much and we know you will now be safe with Granny, Grandad and Great Grandpa in Heaven.

"Take care my little Lou, sweet dreams."



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