‘Cage bed’ parents guilty over Ellie-May Minshull-Coyle death

Lauren Coyle, 19, and Reece Hitchcott, 20, were however cleared of the more serious charge of manslaughter.

Coyle’s 19-month-old daughter Ellie-May Minshull Coyle was found dead in the former couples’ Preston home in March last year.

After seven-and-a-half hours of deliberations, the jury found the duo guilty of causing or allowing her death, one count of child cruelty by “caging” the child in her bed, and another count of child cruelty by restraining her in the bed.