A CHILD'S grave has been vandalised for the second time, just weeks after the second anniversary of her death.

Emma Louise Holstein died at the age of 11 months, after she became trapped between the side of her cot and the base two years ago.

But yesterday, a visitor to the grave found that vandals had wreaked havoc, targeting the grave at Ripon Cemetery, North Yorkshire, and leaving the surrounding graves untouched.

A stone angel marking the spot had been knocked over, edging stones had been pulled out and flowers and toys on the grave had been scattered about.

The attack is the second on the grave, following similar vandalism which singled out Emma's plot at about the same time last year.

A police spokesman said the vandalism was believed to have occurred during the past two days. He confirmed that no other graves at the Kirkby Road cemetery had been interfered with.

An inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death on Emma, whose body was discovered by her mother, at their Gallows Hill home, Ripon in June 1998.

Anyone who has any information about the attack is asked to contact police, on (01423) 505541