A MUM person who partyed 9 days after her infant died while sleeping next to her while high levels of cocaine could face manslaughter charges, an investigation is being launched. today.
Amy Jones, 32, denied taking a Class A drug hours before Kiera-Mae died while sleeping in her bed in Barnsley, Sheffield.
The tragic baby was just two days old when she suffered severe brain damage after being found face down on her mother’s bed in the neonatal ward at Barnsley Hospital.
Jones told an inquest that someone who has used cocaine should be able to care for a child because it “makes you more sober”.
Sheffield Coroners Court heard that the mother was seen throwing up to nine parties in the house in the days following her daughter’s death – during the height of the pandemic.
Doctors decided to discontinue her life support 16 weeks later after attempts to resuscitate her failed in 2020.
Jones was initially arrested on suspicion of a “cover-up crime” for taking her daughter to bed while high on drugs.
Keira-Mae’s father, Alex Jones, 38, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
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Both father and mother were released without any further action, but an investigation has now ruled that the infant died from “the mother’s unlawful actions”.
A neighbor told the court she had seen her drinking with friends at fun gatherings, which took place during the height of the pandemic.
She told the inquest Amy Jones was seen throwing up to nine house parties in the days following her child’s death
She said on one occasion she went to Mrs Jones and asked her to turn off the “loud music” that was coming from her house.
Jones told her of the death of her child: “I suffocated her, I did it.”
Senior investigator David Urpeth said he was “surprised” that charges had not been brought against her and that he would appeal to CPS to “reassess” their decision.
He added: “I see that Keira-Mae Jones’ death was caused by the illegal actions of the mother.
“I am pleased that finding the cause of death in this case on the basis of equal probabilities is unlawful homicide.
“I’m surprised CPS didn’t bring charges in this tragic case… I will be asking for this case to be referred back to CPS to reevaluate their decision.”
During the interrogation, Jones was asked why a blood sample taken from her less than two hours after the incident returned evidence of cocaine use.
Forensic toxicologist Dr Diane Garside confirmed the drugs were most likely taken on the day of the crime.
‘I SHOULD CHOOSE HIM’
Mr Urpeth specifically asked Jones if she had taken cocaine and if her partner had provided her with urine to avoid testing positive for drugs, to which she replied “no”.
But when he asked her if someone could babysit while using cocaine, Jones said: “Yes. Cocaine keeps you awake. I’m not saying it’s true … but yes, you can.”
The inquest heard Keira-Mae was set up to be subject to a respite order where a child is removed from the care and upbringing of their parents.
But because Jones was taking opioid painkillers while pregnant, the little girl had to be kept in the hospital for up to five days to be monitored for withdrawal symptoms.
A senior midwife caring for Jones, Joanne Posket, told the hearing she appeared positive and talkative the day after Keira-Mae gave birth.
But she added that she was negative and irritable on the day of the incident after arguing with her partner about her 16 dogs potentially being taken away from her.
Mr. Urpeth said he believes the mood swings are due to substance abuse, but Jones denies this.
Jones told the inquest she took her daughter to bed to feed her, and her next memory was of waking up to find her daughter lying face down in bed.
The Medics rushed to save Keira-Mae’s life and were initially able to resuscitate her, as Jones reportedly packed her belongings in a shipping bag, and wrote a letter apologizing to Keira-Mae that she was “better without me”.
She then met Alex Jones in the hospital parking lot, who convinced her to go back inside.
A blood sample was taken from Amy Jones less than two hours after the incident, showing byproducts of cocaine use.
I see on a probabilistic basis that Amy is not healthy enough to care for a baby because she is drugged.
Senior coronation officer David Urpeth
South Yorkshire Police DS Julie Thorpe said the decision to arrest Amy and Alex Jones was made eight hours after the incident as officers reviewed bodycam footage of her behaviour.
DS Thorpe said: “My immediate thought when viewing the footage was that this woman is clearly under the influence of drugs and we need to locate her and arrest her.”
When interviewed by police, Jones denied using cocaine and told police she overslept and squashed the bug.
The couple was bailed on May 20, 2020, and apart from further interviews, no action has been taken.
In his ruling, Mr Urpeth said: “It was the finding of experienced officer Thorpe that the mother was ‘obviously intoxicated’.
“I see the fact that there were significant changes in her behavior on May 16 and these indicate intoxication.
“So taking both of these into account, I found on a probabilistic basis that the most likely time cocaine was admitted to the hospital was May 16.
“I see on a probabilistic basis that Amy is not healthy enough to take care of a child because she is drugged.
“The mother’s illegal actions directly led to Keira’s death. It was someone who could and should have protected and cared for Keira-Mae. It was a tragedy that she didn’t. “
“Therefore, I have to come to a conclusion, and I am satisfied with the probability, that the appropriate conclusion to record in this case is unlawful murder.”
Jones, who was present to give evidence, left before the verdict was complete.
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