Tracey Connelly's release from prison was granted by a three-member panel of the Parole Board. She was jailed in 2009 over the death of her son, Baby P. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA
The mother of Peter Connelly, the toddler known as Baby P who died with more than 50 injuries despite being on the at-risk register, has been recommended for release from prison by the Parole Board.
Tracey Connelly, who was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years in May 2009 for causing or allowing her 17-month-old son's death, is to be freed following a second review of her case.
"We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Tracey Connelly," the board said in a statement.
"Tracey Connelly first became eligible for parole in August 2012, and at that time a Parole Board panel made no recommendation to release. This is the second parole review for Tracey Connelly. The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent – arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the secretary of state."
Peter died at his home in Tottenham, north London, on 3 August 2007, despite 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months. Connelly admitted the offence soon after being charged and served several hundred days on remand.
She was given an imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence, which carries a minimum term and allows the prisoner to be considered for release by the Parole Board when that term is served.
The nature of the offence, the prisoner's offending history, their progress in prison and any statements made on behalf of the victim, as well as reports from psychologists, probation officers and prison officers, are taken into account by the board in reaching decisions.
Connelly, now 32, will remain on licence for the rest of her life and could be recalled to custody if she breaches any of its conditions.
Her boyfriend Steven Barker, then 32, and his brother Jason Owen, then 36, were convicted of the same offence. Barker was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years for raping a two-year-old girl and given a 12-year term to run concurrently for his "major role" in Peter's death. Owen was jailed indefinitely with a minimum three-year term but later won an appeal to lower it to a fixed six-year term. He was freed in August 2011 but was then recalled to prison in April this year.
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