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Caravan preps “Baby Killer Conspiracy” two-parter for Discovery+

Discovery has commissioned London-based prodco Caravan to produce a two-part docuseries examining the stories of three women who, in separate cases, were accused of killing more than one of their ...
November 4, 2021

Discovery has commissioned London-based prodco Caravan to produce a two-part docuseries examining the stories of three women who, in separate cases, were accused of killing more than one of their own infant children, and the statistical theory used to convict them.

The Baby Killer Conspiracy will explore the stories of three mothers given life sentences in their particular cases, based in part on the use of “Meadow’s Law.” In 1999, British paediatrician Sir Roy Meadows stated that unless proven otherwise, the chances of three babies from the same mother dying of natural causes in instances of “cot death” (or SIDS) were one in 73 million.

That statistical analysis was used in the prosecution of British solicitor Sally Clark, who was accused and convicted of killing her two infant sons. While the origin of the precept has been called into question with some doctors claiming that what has come to be known as “Meadow’s Law” actually originated 10 years prior from another pair of doctors, the use of it in the Clark case led to it being presented in other cases, including that of Angela Cannings, who in 2002 was jailed for life after losing three of her four children to cot death. The conviction was overturned — as was Clark’s — when Meadow’s testimony was deemed erroneous in appeals, and the theory, discredited.

In addition to these cases, the program will also look at other more recent examples.

The Baby Killer Conspiracy is a strong addition to the Discovery+ line-up,” said Clare Laycock, SVP planning & insights, head of entertainment at Discovery UK, in a statement. “[It's] an important and gripping documentary series that confronts the devastating miscarriages of justice still impacting women today.”

The series was ordered by Laycock, commissioned by Discovery’s Charlotte Reid and executive produced by Steven Fullagar. For Caravan, Dinah Lord is the executive producer and John Holsworth is the director.

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