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Police drop probe into dad of tragic tot Nico Maynard from Southampton
POLICE have dropped a new investigation into a Hampshire dad whose baby son died.
The Daily Echo revealed last week that detectives had launched a fresh inquiry into Hamid Baldelli following the inquest into the death of Nico Maynard.
Three-month-old Nico was found dead in his cot by Mr Baldelli, who it later emerged had a previous conviction for cruelty to a child he had from a previous relationship.
Nico was found at his Southampton home, where he lived with his twin sister, mother Jodie Maynard and father Mr Baldelli.
Officers are trying to determine if Mr Baldelli – branded a massive risk to children after he was jailed for fracturing a child’s skull – broke the law by allegedly trying to conceal he had become a father from the authorities by deliberately using a false name on the baby’s birth certificate.
A post-mortem revealed that Nico had suffered a skull fracture prior to his death and a murder inquiry was launched.
As a result officers discovered that Mr Baldelli had a conviction for child cruelty after he admitted causing a skull fracture to a child who he had from a previous relationship in another part of the country.
After being released from prison for that offence, Mr Baldelli, 28, was told to notify the authorities if he ever became a father again – which he failed to do when Miss Maynard gave birth to Nico and his sister in June 2011.
As reported, an inquest into Nico’s death heard the claim that Mr Baldelli had used a false name on the children’s birth certificates to evade detection by social services.
That claim was under investigation by Hampshire police but inquiries have now concluded with no further action being taken.
A spokesman for Hampshire confirmed that the investigation was closed as no offence had been committed.
He added that it was unclear where the information relating to that claim made at the inquest had come from.
The Daily Echo contacted Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman, but no comment has been provided.
Nico Maynard's inquest last month found that there were three factors involved in his death, the skull fracture and brain injury, the fact that the child was face down in the moses basket - a well-known risk factor in sudden infant death - and the fact that Nico had a chronic lung inflammation that could have contributed to his death.
Following that medical evidence and police inquiry, the Crown Prosecution Service decided that there was not enough evidence to charge either Mr Baldelli or his partner Jodie Maynard.
However, Mr Wiseman recorded an open verdict to reflect the degree of uncertainty over the baby's death.
During the hearing Mr Wiseman also read extracts from the family court hearing which was dealing with the care of the surviving twin and in doing so, examined Nico's death in detail.
In that case Mr Justice Baker found that on the balance of probabilities, a lesser burden of proof required than in the criminal courts, Mr Baldelli had inflicted the injury to Nico and injuries to his twin sister who was also examined and found to have a leg fracture and possible skull fracture.
Those proceedings heard evidence of Mr Baldelli's “uncontrollable temper” and that he was a man who was “prone to bouts of anger”.
Mr Justice Baker concluded that Mr Baldelli was “a massive risk to young children”.
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