Mother jailed over cocaine crash which killed daughter

A mother who crashed into a tree, killing her two-year-old daughter, had taken cocaine hours before getting behind the wheel in Birmingham.

Danielle Parsons, 23, from Castle Road, Weoley Castle, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Her two-year-old daughter, Esmee O'Reilly, was on the back seat of the car and died in hospital after the crash on Gibbins Road, Selly Oak last year.

Esmee O’Reilly Credit: BPM media

A family friend was also seriously injured, but has since recovered.

Police described the investigation as "complex" and said she made the "grave mistake" of taking drugs before driving.

Sergeant Steve Newbury, from the force’s Collision Investigation Unit, said:

Danielle Parsons Credit: BPM media

Sergeant Newbury added:

Floral tributes left at the scene of the crash Credit: BPM media

Danielle Parsons will also serve two years in jail after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving, which will run concurrently.

She will be banned from driving for five-and-a-half years.