Baby boy died in buggy as mum smoked cannabis

Wrong side of the road wo­man ad­mits dan­ger­ous driv­ing

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Beth.abbit@men-news.co.uk @BethAb­bitMEN

ABABY boy died af­ter be­ing strapped to a pushchair for 12 hours and cov­ered in blan­kets – while his mum smoked cannabis.

The three-month-old baby was left in his Rochdale home be­tween 1am and 2am, while his mum went to a lo­cal garage.

He was rushed to hospi­tal in car­diac ar­rest the fol­low­ing morn­ing af­ter be­ing found un­re­spon­sive with a blan­ket over his head.

He died in hospi­tal a short time later. A se­ri­ous­case re­view has now re­vealed that the child’s mother, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, took cannabis as he slept.

She is one of an in­creas­ing num­ber of par­ents who are smok­ing cannabis while bear­ing or rais­ing young chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Rochdale Bor­ough Safe­guard­ing Chil­dren Board.

A crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ‘Child E’s’ death in Septem­ber las year is on­go­ing.

The baby’s mum, who has two other chil­dren aged seven and four, took co­caine and cannabis dur­ing her preg­nancy with ‘Child E.’ She ad­mit­ted her drug habit to a mid­wife at Pen­nine Acute Hos­pi­tals Trust, but no fur­ther ac­tion was taken be­cause she had told so­cial work­ers she was no longer us­ing drugs.

A spe­cial­ist mid­wife should have been ap­pointed when the mother con­fessed to us­ing drugs, but the in­for­ma­tion was not acted upon.

“The sub­stance mis­use by [the mother] con­trib­uted to her im­paired abil­ity to pro­vide safe care for Child E who was left for twelve hours with­out check­ing in an un­safe sleep­ing en­v­i­ron- ment,” the re­view states.

“The pres­ence of a spe­cial­ist mid­wife for sub­stance mis­use would have con­tin­u­ally re-en­forced the mes­sages [she] re­quired and may have eroded her con­scious and sub­con­scious at­ti­tude to the use of drugs along­side the care of chil­dren.”

Child E’s mother was given de­tailed ad­vice on safe sleep­ing on three oc­ca­sions, the re­view states.

When a health vis­i­tor at­tended Child E’s home in the days af­ter his birth they found the house ‘clean, warm and wel­com­ing.’

Safe sleep­ing and pas­sive smok­ing were dis­cussed at that time.

Dur­ing an­other visit, Child E was found sleep­ing in a moses bas­ket, ‘ly­ing with a quilt nes­tled around the sleep­ing area.’

His mother was ad­vised to re­move the quilt as it ‘posed a risk to over­heat­ing and suf­fo­ca­tion’ and safe sleep ad­vice was reaf­firmed for a third time and writ­ten in­for­ma­tion given.

“She did not heed this ad­vice with fa­tal con­se­quences for Child E,” the re­view states.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of par­ents are smok­ing cannabis while preg­nant, or while rais­ing chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the safe­guard­ing board. A WO­MAN has ad­mit­ted caus­ing a crash on a busy Rochdale road which left an­other wo­man fight­ing for her life.

San­dra Parkin­son, 54, had been driv­ing on the wrong side of the road when her Ford Fi­esta col­lided head-on with an­other ve­hi­cle, a court heard.

The driver of a Re­nault Clio, aged in her 50’s suf­fered po­ten­tially life threat­en­ing in­juries and was taken to hospi­tal fol­low­ing the smash.

Parkin­son, of Cher­ring­ton Drive, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Manch­ester and Sal­ford Mag­is­trates court.

She also pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing fol­low­ing the crash on Manch­ester Road in Castle­ton in Novem­ber 2017.

Prose­cu­tor, Ni­cola Yeadon said the mat­ter was too se­ri­ous to be dealt with by Mag­is­trates and re­quested the mat­ter be sent to the Crown Court for sen­tence. “Ms Parkin­son had been driv­ing along Manch­ester Road when she hit a sep­a­rate ve­hi­cle, Ms Yeadon told the court. She failed to stop, be­fore car­ry­ing on to the op­po­site side of the road and col­lid­ing head-on with an­other car. The driver of that ve­hi­cle was taken to hospi­tal where she spent a pe­riod of time and the crash has had an im­pact on her mo­bil­ity.”

The smash hap­pened near the Bar­gain Booze shop at the junc­tion with Part­ing­ton Street at around mid­day on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28.

Parkin­son suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in the col­li­sion.

Manch­ester Road re­mained closed un­til 5pm on the day of the in­ci­dent, with Greater Manch­ester Po­lice’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion launch­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Parkin­son was re­leased on bail and will ap­pear be­fore Manch­ester Min­shull Street Crown Court on Novem­ber 20 for sen­tence.

An in­terim driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion was im­posed by the court, ban­ning her from driv­ing.

●●San­dra Parkin­son out­side court

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