Baby P’s killer mum has lost weight after being denied a new identity as she prepares for freedom. Tracey Connelly has pleaded guilty to causing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter, who suffered more than 50 injuries over an eight-month period.
Connelly, who has swelled to almost 20 stone, is set to leave prison but has been denied police protection despite her fears that militiamen are targeting her. She was told to go on a crash diet and dye her hair instead.
A prison source told The Star: “Tracey was furious when she heard the news. It’s very rare to give inmates new identities. The bar is extremely high and she didn’t cross that threshold. Tracey did not qualify in 2013 and was told nothing had changed.
“The prison officers who handled her release told her that the best thing she could do to avoid the attention would be to change her appearance by drastically losing weight and dyeing her hair. is still a fairly tall woman, so huge weight loss is not likely in the next few weeks.
Connelly is preparing to be released from HMP Low Newton, County Durham, after the Parole Board ruled she was not a danger to the public, despite attempts by Justice Secretary Dominic Raab to block his release. She is expected to be sent to a bail house that houses high-risk women offenders.
Connelly was originally jailed in 2009 for causing or enabling the death of her toddler, Peter. His then-partner Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen were also convicted of the charge.
After his release was announced, Mr Raab called for a “fundamental review” of the parole board. He described Connelly’s actions as “pure evil”.
Mr Raab said: ‘The decision to release her shows why the parole board needs a fundamental overhaul, including ministerial oversight for the most serious offenders, so that it serves and protects the public.’