Her local councillor described her as 'a loving and caring mother'. Not quite loving and caring enough not to OD while in charge of her child. Her three year old son lived for several weeks with his dead mother, surviving on food in the larder.
A happy ending though.
The council is also introducing a new support service for drug-using mothers. Isn't that lovely ? How caring can you get ?
Manwhile, in the Land of Bastards ...
"Chloe was a battered and neglected child. They failed to take her to baby clinics, would not sterilise her bottles and would not communicate with professionals. Chloe was a normal healthy baby who needed care and nurture. Sadly this was not forthcoming."
The court was told that in the weeks before her death, Chloe was admitted to hospital with bruising, underweight and in obvious distress. Doctors were extremely concerned by Chloe's physical state and by her parents' lack of co-operation, Mr Murphy said.
"Chloe was discharged but readmitted to hospital weeks later with breathing difficulties," he added.
She was admitted to the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, on 2 April, 2003 with injuries including a fractured skull and breaks to all her limbs. She died nine days later.
Who killed her ?
"All the injuries could have been inflicted in one single incident. The prosecution cannot say who that could have been. It may have been a third party."
The cat ? The fairies ?
Another happy ending.
"Sending you to prison would be completely wrong."
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