Baby ‘unlawfully killed’ by mother at their Euxton home

Angel Hudson and her son, Arthur Hudson-Cardy

Angel Hudson and her son, Arthur Hudson-Cardy

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A mum who killed her baby son and took her own life feared her former partner was looking for her, an inquest heard.

But there was “no basis in fact” that Angel Hudson was being pursued by him, coroner Dr James Adeley said yesterday.

Angel, 26, and her 22-month-old son, Arthur Hudson-Cardy, were found dead in a car in the garage at their home on Princess Way, Euxton, on August 13 last year.

A neighbour raised the alarm as she had not seen them and police discovered their bodies, along with that of their pet cat.

Preston Coroners’ Court heard yesterday the cause of their deaths was carbon monoxide poisoning.

Angel, who had changed her name from Katie Elizabeth Howe, met Wayne Cardy in 2011 and she became pregnant, but the inquest heard their relationship had “cracks” and they separated weeks after Arthur’s birth in October 2012.

Mr Cardy said she was very protective of Arthur and he found her behaviour “increasingly odd” towards the end of their relationship, but he was “not aware” of any mental health issues.

Angel and Arthur moved to Teignmouth, Devon, shortly afterwards and Mr Cardy asked to see his son. The case reached court, but Angel failed to attend and missed 13 court appearances.

After eight months in Teignmouth, Angel wanted to move as she believed Mr Cardy was trying to find her.

Angel and Arthur moved to Euxton early last year and told neighbours her name was Sam Stone.

Neighbours became concerned in August when they had not seen her for a day and called police.

Officers searched the house and Angel and Arthur were then found dead in a car in the garage.

Dr Adeley recorded the verdict that Angel took her own life and that Arthur was unlawfully killed.