Two people have been charged with murder following the death of a baby in Hernhill, Faversham.

On 28 November 2020, Kent Police patrols and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended a property in the village following concerns for the welfare of a one-year-old boy.

The child was taken to a local hospital for medical attention but was later pronounced deceased.


On the same day, a man and a woman were arrested in connection with the incident. They were both bailed while an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the child’s death, was completed by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

On Monday 6 March 2023, Jack Benham, from Hernhill and Sian Hedges, from Yelverton, Devon were both charged following authorisation from the Crown Prosecution Service, with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

Mr Benham, aged 34 and Ms Hedges, aged 26 were remanded in custody to appear at a hearing before Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 8 March.

By Ed

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