Facebook post mother spared jail

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A mother found by a family judge to have inflicted fatal head injuries on her daughter has been spared jail by the same judge after breaching reporting restrictions in her case by going on Facebook.

Mr Justice Moylan ruled today at London’s High Court that it would not be “proportionate” to imprison Victoria Rogers for contempt of court after she said she “bitterly regretted” her actions and would not breach the restrictions order again.

The judge had decided in earlier family civil proceedings that, on the balance of probabilities, injuries sustained by Ms Rogers’ daughter Summer Rogers-Ratcliffe, from Dewsbury, “were caused by her mother”.

The existence of the family judge’s ruling at Teesside County Court was first made known last month, soon after a coroner concluded at an entirely separate inquest that 21-month-old Summer was “unlawfully killed”.

Ancillary nurse Miss Rogers, 27, Summer’s stepfather Craig Sharp, 34, and grandmother Susan Rogers, 58, were arrested seven months later as they were the only people in the house in the time frame of the murder.

All three insisted they had not touched the girl and did not know how she suffered the injuries.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to bring criminal proceedings.

Ms Rogers was accused of breaching reporting restrictions imposed by the judge by putting four posts on the Facebook page “Justice for Summer Mai” on July 24.