Thursday 22 February 2018

Mother poisoned baby in 'craving for attention'

Antony Stone in Swansea

A mother found guilty of poisoning her own baby with a powerful pain killer murdered out of a craving for attention, a judge told her yesterday.

Michelle Smith was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum 12 years for the murder of six-week-old Amy.

Smith was led away in tears still protesting: "But I did not do it. I did not do it."

Moments before, a jury found her unanimously guilty of murdering the defenceless baby at home in Morriston, Swansea, south Wales, in November 2007.

The tiny 42-day-old baby was repeatedly poisoned with the powerful pain killer dihydrocodeine. It is never used on babies and rarely on children.

Judge Mr Justice Spencer briefly adjourned the Swansea Crown Court trial to collect his thoughts before passing sentence.

Smith insisted throughout her trial that she had never done anything to harm Amy.

Irish Independent

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