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.
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Federica Smith is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Worcester in the 2015 General Election.