Thursday 14 December 2017

Heroin addict parents jailed over son's fatal overdose

Daniel Jones: ingested a fatal dose of heroin
Daniel Jones: ingested a fatal dose of heroin

Richard Vernalls

A father has been jailed for killing his son after negligently allowing him to take a heroin overdose in the family home.

Simon Jones (30) was sentenced to six years after previously admitting manslaughter by gross negligence of 23-month-old Daniel Jones.

Daniel's mother, 34-year-old Emma Bradburn, was also jailed for four years after she admitted allowing the young boy's death.

Sentencing the couple at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Mrs Justice Thirlwall said there was no doubt the two – both long-term heroin addicts – had loved their boy, but added: "It is one thing to risk your own health but quite another matter entirely to risk your son's."

She said: "He (Daniel) was utterly reliant upon you for every aspect of care in his life."

Daniel was pronounced dead after being found collapsed at the family home in Wolverhampton on May 29 last year.

His death was treated as unexplained but following tests it was determined that he had died from heroin poisoning, caused by an overdose.

Mrs Justice Thirlwall told Jones and Bradburn: "You failed woefully to protect him from the very obvious dangers you exposed him to.

"The danger was mortal danger, as you should have realised."

Irish Independent

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