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Nursery worker trial delayed

PUBLISHED: 15:18 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

THE trial of a nursery worker accused of assaulting babies has been adjourned. Laura Pettitt, 26, of Thayers Farm Road, Beckenham,

THE trial of a nursery worker accused of assaulting babies has been adjourned.

Laura Pettitt, 26, of Thayers Farm Road, Beckenham, denies 10 charges of assaulting, ill treating or neglecting children.

Her trial was due to start at Croydon Crown Court on Monday but a provisional date of March 22 has now been set after a key witness was not well enough to give evidence.

Dressed in a black and white suit, the bleach blonde, wearing gold jewellery and red lipstick, spoke only to confirm her name but smiled at a small group of friends and family sitting in the public gallery during the hearing.

The charges relate to alleged incidents involving 10 babies at a nursery between January 2006 and January last year.

Pettitt worked at the nursery from April 2000 and was responsible for looking after children aged from three months to one year. She is currently suspended from her job. Judge Barbara Cameron said it was "regrettable" that the case was adjourned after granting a postponing application by prosecutor Claire Robinson but Simon Taylor, defending, agreed that there was no other option.

Pettitt is unable to work because of the charges but is released on conditional bail.

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