Baby P’s mother has been told she will spend at least another two years behind bars after a parole board stated she is still a danger to the public
Baby P’s mother has been told she will spend at least another two years behind bars after a parole board stated she is still a danger to the public.
Tracey Connelly, 35, was jailed in 2009 after she stood by and watched while her partner and his brother tortured her defenceless 17-month-old son Peter to death in Haringey, North London, in 2007.
She was released on licence in 2013 but was recalled to prison just 18 months later after being accused of selling indecent images of herself to warped fans.
In December 2015 the Parole Board said she should remain behind bars.
The latest rejection, following a parole hearing in October, comes as a bitter blow to Connelly, who had hoped to be freed in time for Christmas.
A spokesman for the Parole Board told MailOnline: ‘We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has not directed the release of Tracey Connelly.
‘Under current legislation Ms Connelly will be eligible for a further review within two years. The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.’
Connelly is currently in HMP Low Newton, County Durham, having been moved from HMP Styal in Cheshire.
Peter (pictured) was just 17 months old when he was found dead in his blood-spattered cot at his mother’s flat in Haringey, North London
After being released from prison in 2013, Connelly was given a new surname and a new disguise (pictured)
Her toddler son died after suffering more than 50 injuries at the hands of her partner Steven Barker and his paedophile brother Jason Owen over an eight-month period.
Connelly changed her name and dyed her hair before moving to a seaside town when she was freed in October 2013 on a life-long licence.
Her release sparked outrage. Connelly’s mother, Mary O’Connor, and father, Richard Johnson, said at the time their daughter should never have been freed.
In May 2009 Connelly was ordered to be held indefinitely, with a minimum jail term of five years, until ‘deemed no longer to be a risk to the public and in particular to small children’.
Evil: Connelly’s partner Steven Barker (left) was jailed for life, while his brother Jason Owen (right) was sent back to jail after breaching his parole
When she was freed from Durham’s Low Newton jail in October 2013, she begged for an anonymity order and police protection but was refused.
Her release on a life-long licence came with the condition that any breach of her parole terms would land her back in jail.
The horrific nature of tragic Peter’s death – despite being on Haringey Council’s at-risk register – shocked Britain.
He was found dead in his blood-stained cot at his mother’s flat after 60 visits from social workers and police.