Crime

Cornwall Court convicts mum for child poisoning

A court in Cornwall has sentenced a mum for poisoning her 18-month-old baby with salt.

The mother received a four-year sentence, to serve a minimum of two.

The jury unanimously convicted the mother of deliberately poisoning her daughter with between 21 and 24 grams of salt, a dosage level described by the jury as “levels simply not seen in a child that survives”.

Before the conviction, the judge Simon Carr ordered a psychiatric assessment of the mother. The psychiatric assessment tendered to Judge Carr showed “no relevant psychiatric features” to be considered.

The mum has stuck by her not guilty plea and denies poisoning her daughter despite the conviction.

Information from Defence Barrister Jason Beal suggests the proceedings had had a “lasting effect” on the mum, who cannot be named under a court order imposed to protect the identity of her then-18-month-old child.

In addition to the “draining” effect of court procedures, she has had her two children taken out of her care and lost her job.

The deciding judge said that there were some “aggravating factors” that led to his decision including the mum’s “refusal to accept what evidence so clearly shows”.

According to Defence Barrister Beal, “The defendant could have avoided draining court procedures by pleading guilty, these proceedings have had a lasting effect on her.”

“She has been separated from full-time care of [both of her children]. She is able to see them both, but in a supervised provision every six weeks. And of course, she recognises that a conviction currently stands against her for the long-term care of [both of the children].” The statement added.

 

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