Tuesday 24 October 2017

Mother spared jail for killing baby after coming off anti-depressant medication

Claire Duffin

A MOTHER who killed her baby when she stopped taking medication for postnatal depression was spared jail after a judge said that she had been "in a maelstrom of fatigue and mental disorder".

Six-week-old Amelia-Lilly died of a head injury following a "sudden explosion of violence" by Natasha Sultan (21), who then went to sleep.

Boyfriend Jamie Curtis told a court in Hull, England that he found the baby unconscious in a cot when he returned from a night shift the next day. Sultan, who initially claimed she tripped and dropped her baby, has not told officers how she killed Amelia-Lilly.

She had been due to stand trial for murder, but the prosecution accepted her guilty plea to the lesser charge of infanticide on the grounds she had suffered a "temporary unbalance" of her mind.

Sentencing Sultan yesterday, Judge Jeremy Richardson said she was an "utterly broken woman" who would have to live with the burden that she killed her daughter.

The court had heard Sultan, who had been described in court as a "loving mother who deeply wanted a child" had been diagnosed with postnatal depression and had been prescribed anti-depressants. But Sultan only took one tablet because she had been swayed by the "stigma" associated with the condition, her barrister, Malcolm Swift, said. The court heard that Mr Curtis had also suggested that she should not take any more tablets. In the days before her baby died, she told of having "just one hour's sleep". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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