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I Took My Baby’s Life 2012

Minnow Films for ITV  

1 x 60 minutes
Minnow Films for ITV

Every ten days in England and Wales a child dies at the hands of their parent. Such acts are so unspeakable that we prefer to ignore them and rarely explore their causes, or consequences. But how could a mother kill the person she loves most in the world?

I Took My Baby’s Life tells the story of Melanie Ruddell, who killed her two-year-old son Christy in August 2010, after suffering from a psychotic breakdown. All who knew her before her psychosis agree that she was an utterly devoted and caring mother.

This film gathers detailed accounts from Melanie’s family and closest friends who talk in detail about the events and circumstances building up to Christy’s death, and what they believe led to Melanie committing such a seemingly unthinkable act and the lessons that can be learnt from the tragedy.

Surprisingly sensitive account of the events that led to the death of two-year-old Christy Ruddell
Daily Mirror

This film by Henry Singer (maker of the 9/11 documentary The Falling Man) is a welcome change from ITV’s usual true-crime formula
The Sunday Times

I Took My Baby’s Life

Produced & Directed by
Henry Singer
Associate Producer
Jenny Saunders
Executive Producer
Morgan Matthews
Ben Stark
Production Manager
Hannah Wythe
Joe Russell
Jonathan Partridge
Sound Recordist
Paul Parragon
Richard Mead