South Yorkshire couple in court over baby death

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A FORMER nursery worker and her partner, both 31, have appeared in court over the death of their baby daughter.

Mark Lackenby, of High Street, Goldthorpe, is charged with the murder of month-old Ruby Lackenby, as well as grievous bodily harm with intent. His partner Gemma Coates is accused of perverting the course of justice.

Coates used to work at the Sunny Bright Day Nursery in Sprotbrough, Doncaster.

Lackenby, a Network Rail worker, denied both charges against him during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

Coates, who is due to give birth to another child in two weeks, was not required to enter a plea.

Ruby died on February 17 last year and the pair were arrested in July.

Coates, who was later suspended from working at the nursery, has moved out of the home she shared with Lackenby, the court heard. The pair have been granted bail.

Lackenby’s trial has been scheduled for October, with a pre-hearing in September.