A MOTHER-OF-THREE accused of drowning her two-year-old son in their rural home more than a decade ago and then throwing his body into a duck pond to make it look like an accident was today cleared of the murder.
Sallie-Anne Loughran, 40, had denied killing toddler Thomas Hunt, who was found face down in water by a horse rider in the grounds of a country estate in Nottinghamshire in 1991.
Loughran, a trained nurse who also has two daughters, had been accused of faking the boy's supposed fatal plunge and laughing when confronted with her dead child's body.
A jury at Nottingham Crown Court had been told that Loughran, of Glen Avenue, Ibstock, Leicestershire,
who was also cleared of manslaughter, was unmoved by the death.
She had allegedly admitted carrying out the killing on St Ann's Manor estate, in Sutton Bonington, to members of her then husband's family.