THE Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge anyone over the death of a baby boy at a vicarage.
An inquest into the death of Jonathan Percival was halted last October when a coroner decided to refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions after a medic told the hearing the youngster would have survived if resuscitation attempts had been made.
Jonathan’s mother, Ruth Percival, 30, gave birth in a downstairs bathroom of the vicarage in Freckleton, while on the toilet, and her father, James, 66, then vicar of Holy Trinity CE Church, came in to help.
Mr Percival was formerly the priest at St Stephen’s in Little Harwood.
Both Mr Percival and his daughter were arrested and questioned on suspicion of child neglect.
But prosecutors advised police last April there was insufficient evidence and to take no further action.
The pair were initially arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child.
The CPS said: “The CPS has concluded that there remains insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for a criminal prosecution.
“The CPS has written to the coroner to explain.”