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(NEWSER) – A young English couple cleared of child-abuse charges is unlikely to ever see their child again regardless, the Independent reports. Karissa Cox and Richard Carter took their six-week-old baby to the emergency room three years ago after finding it bleeding from the mouth. The couple was accused of child abuse, and their baby was put into foster care.

"I was destroyed," Carter tells the Daily Mirror. "Every part of my body felt like it was being ripped away from this earth.” This week, criminal charges were dropped after new medical evidence showed that the child's bruising and apparent fractures were caused by a blood disease and vitamin D deficiency. Unfortunately for Cox and Carter, their child's adoption had been finalized earlier this year, notes the Independent.

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