Mum and stepdad charged with murder of baby boy found critically ill at home

A mum and stepdad have been charged with murder of a baby boy found critically ill at home.

Emergency crews were unable to save ten-month-old Jacob Crouch after they raced to his home in Linton, Derby, on December 30 2020.

He was tragically declared dead at the scene, and Derbyshire Police today announced his mum and stepdad have both been charged with murder.

Gemma Barton, 32, and Craig Crouch, 38, are due to appear in Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today.

They were first arrested on January 5 last year on suspicion of killing the boy who was yet to celebrate his first birthday. Both were on bail now as investigations continue.

Derbyshire Police said: “A mother and stepfather have been charged with the alleged murder of a baby in south Derbyshire.

“The East Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports that Jacob Crouch was critically ill at a house in Linton, near Swadlincote, at 7.15am on December 30, 2020.

“The ten-month-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The boy’s mother, Gemma Barton, and stepfather, Craig Crouch, were both arrested on 5 January, 2021, on suspicion of his murder. Both were bailed while enquiries continued into the incident.

“Today (6 July) the pair have been charged with the alleged murder of Jacob.

“Ms Barton, 32, from Heanor and Mr Crouch, 38, from Linton have been remanded to custody and will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court later today (6 July).”