Three year old Christian was placed with along with his 2 younger siblings with inexperienced parents Angela and Ian Gay in Nov 2002. Six weeks after placement, Christian was admitted to a hospital then died. He had head injuries and a significant amount of salt in his bloodstream. The initial autopsy listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.
Gays were initially found guilty of manslaughter. This verdict was overturned based on new medical evidence. At the second trial, they were found not guilty.
News reports of the second trial mention hydrocephalus and "salt diabetes" (Diabetes insipidus). Christian was alleged to have been diagnosed with hydrocephalus at 7 months. The condition was not monitored or disclosed to the Gays or the prior foster parents.
It is unclear if a medical condition, forced salt ingestion, physical abuse, or some combination of the three caused his death.
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Undetermined
Organizations: Sandwell Social Services
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|Couple 'poisoned boy with salt'||2004-11-22|
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|Boy, three, was 'near to death'||2004-11-24|
|Accused regrets 'vegetable' slur||2004-12-17|
|Boy murder 'no more than theory'||2005-01-10|
|Fears were raised over killer couple||2005-01-13|
|Salt poison case couple convicted||2005-01-13|
|Salt case couple 'wrongly jailed'||2005-01-20|
|Salt poison couple's letter plea||2005-03-14|
|Leading QC represents salt pair||2005-04-30|
|Salt death killer in report call||2005-09-25|
|Salt death could not be predicted||2005-10-21|
|Diabetes theory over salt death||2005-11-29|
|Salt poison couple's court appeal||2006-03-21|
|Salt case 'may mean more appeals'||2006-04-12|
|Couple 'forced boy to eat salt'||2007-01-19|
|Man called salt boy 'a vegetable'||2007-01-22|
|Salt death pair 'felt abandoned'||2007-03-07|
|Debate over cause of boy's death||2007-03-27|