Man jailed for attempted murder of three-week-old baby after poisoning her milk bottle

Jamar Bailey

A man who drugged a three-week-old baby in her milk bottle has been jailed for attempted murder, after police found searches for 'how to kill a newborn baby' on his phone.

Jamar Bailey, from Augustin Grove, Winson Green, was sentenced to 25 and a half years in prison on Monday at Birmingham Crown Court after the 21-year-old admitted the offence in June earlier this year.

The three-week-old baby girl had been taken into hospital on June 27 2020 after becoming listless and unresponsive.

A urine test detected sodium valproate – a drug used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder and potentially fatal to the newborn.

Police were notified as the drug could not have been ingested accidentally.

Officers found Bailey was taking medication for seizures and a search of the property found a prescription drug – which contains sodium valproate - in his name.

He was arrested on suspicion of wilfully harming a child.

Several items were seized and toxicology tests found evidence of the drug in the baby’s milk bottle.

Fortunately, the baby survived her ordeal, is safeguarded and thriving, although it won’t be known until she is older if there are any lasting effects.

Detective Sergeant Kirsty Wilson, from the force’s public protection unit, said: "The little girl is so lucky to be alive and we are really pleased that she is doing so well.

"Bailey’s actions were premeditated and could quite easily have resulted in her death.

"Our investigation was complex and relied on medical evidence and the support of partner agencies, so we are satisfied that justice has been done."

Bailey will have to serve two thirds of his sentence before being eligible to apply for parole.