Police ‘dealt appropriately’ with mum

Christy Ruddell
Christy Ruddell

AN independent probe has found that officers dealt appropriately with concerns about psychotic mum Melanie Ruddell before she killed her two-year-old son.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission carried out an investigation into the contact Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police had with Mrs Ruddell between Saturday, August 7, and Monday, August 9, 2010.

Mrs Ruddell, 40, from Dene View, Castle Eden, strangled Christy on August 9 following a nervous breakdown.

The IPCC investigation concluded that nobody could have predicted that Miss Ruddell’s behaviour would have resulted in her killing Christy.

It found that all the officers who had direct contact with Mrs Ruddell had dealt with her appropriately and their actions had been justified and proportionate.

IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said: “There was never any indication of a threat to Christy. The officers who visited Ms Ruddell showed care and compassion and assisted as much as they could.

“Nobody could have predicted that the events would have such a tragic conclusion.”