Toddler death: parents jailed

The parents of a 23-month-old boy who suffered a drugs overdose at his Wolverhampton home have been sentenced to ten years in prison.

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Toddler's life 'needlessly cut short' say police

The parents of a 23-month-old toddler who died from a heroin overdose, have been sentenced to ten years in prison, after his mother admitted the charge of causing or allowing the death of her son, while his father pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Paramedics were called to the family home in May last year, after Daniel could not be roused. The youngster was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.

Today the toddler's mother, Emma Bradburn, was jailed for four years whilst Simon Jones, the boy's father, received a six year sentence.

Detective Inspector John Smith, from Wolverhampton Public Protection Unit, said:

This was a truly tragic case, where a young boy has had his life so needlessly cut short, having been exposed to illegal and dangerous substances.

His parents were unable to prioritise their son's needs before their own. It was a gross betrayal of trust – they led a lifestyle which was not conducive to being responsible parents.

These people should have been caring for Daniel and ensuring his welfare but, sadly, their actions and lifestyle have led to his death.

Daniel was a fit and healthy little boy and it is tragic that he will not reach adulthood.


Parents due to be sentenced for death of toddler

Daniel Jones was found collapsed at the house he shared with his parents in Wolverhampton last year Credit: West Midlands Police

The parents of a 23-month-old boy who died of a drugs overdose will be sentenced by a High Court judge today.

Emma Bradburn and Simon Jones pleaded guilty last month to causing the death of Daniel Jones at their home in the Penn area of Wolverhampton.

Bradburn, 34, admitted causing or allowing Daniel's death, while Jones, 30, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

A serious case review into the death is being conducted by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board.

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