Mother, 39, admits ‘harrowing’ murder of her two-year-old son who died in hospital


Cold stare of a killer mum: Mugshot reveals mother, 39, with bandaged neck as she admits in court to the ‘harrowing’ murder of her two-year-old son who died in hospital after police visited home over fears for his welfare

  • Carol Hodgson, 39, admitted murder of two-year-old son Daniel Hodgson Green
  • Detectives attended a home in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, on February 2
  • Youngster was taken to hospital but sadly died later, Cleveland Police said 
  • Hodgson was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on July 15
  • The killer’s neck was covered in bandages in an eerie mugshot released by police

A mother today admitted to the ‘harrowing’ murder of her own toddler who died in hospital after police rushed to his home following concerns about his welfare.

Carol Hodgson, 39, pleaded guilty pleaded guilty to killing two-year-old Daniel Hodgson Green at a hearing at Teesside Crown Court earlier today.

Police attended a home in Upper Garth Gardens, Guisborough, North Yorkshire, on February 2 after a report of concern was made about the toddler.

The boy was found in a critical condition and was rushed to hospital, but sadly succumbed to his injuries later that day.

Hodgson was taken into custody by Cleveland police two days later and was charged with murder on Sunday, February 6.

A mugshot released by police showed the killer staring directly into the camera, with her neck covered in thick plasters.  

Carol Hodgson, 39, has pleaded guilty pleaded guilty to killing Daniel Hodgson Green at a hearing at Teesside Crown Court today.

Police attended a home in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, on February 2 after a report of concern was made about the toddler (pictured)

Police attended a home in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, on February 2 after a report of concern was made about the toddler (pictured)

The child killer is due to be sentenced on July 15. 

In a statement outside court today, Detective Inspector Matt Hollingsworth said: ‘The loss of Daniel, at such a young age, is beyond comprehension.

‘I’d like to thank all the team who have worked on this harrowing investigation and ensured that we could bring this matter to court.’

Christopher Atkinson, head of the crown court unit at CPS North East, said the ‘tragic sequence of events’ which led to the little boy’s death had been fully established.

Hodgson, of Upper Garth Gardens, was charged with murder and was remanded in custody to be sentenced on July 15. Pictured: Police at the scene on Upper Garth Gardens, in Guisborough, North Yorkshire

Hodgson, of Upper Garth Gardens, was charged with murder and was remanded in custody to be sentenced on July 15. Pictured: Police at the scene on Upper Garth Gardens, in Guisborough, North Yorkshire

Pictured: Police forensic officers at the scene on Upper Garth Gardens, in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in February

Pictured: Police forensic officers at the scene on Upper Garth Gardens, in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in February 

He said: ‘Over the course of this case the Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with our colleagues in Cleveland Police. 

‘Through the comprehensive evidence that they have provided, the Crown Prosecution Service has been able to clearly establish the tragic sequence of events which culminated in Daniel’s death.

‘In response to a robust case against her, Carol Hodgson has now pleaded guilty to Daniel’s murder and we sincerely hope that those who knew Daniel find some measure of comfort in this, at what must remain a very difficult time for them.’

No details about the offence were discussed during the 10-minute court hearing.

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