A MUM has been jailed for 22 months after leaving her baby son alone to drown in the bath of their home. Simone Perry, 27, made a phone call an
A MUM has been jailed for 22 months after leaving her baby son alone to drown in the bath of their home.
Simone Perry, 27, made a phone call and messaged a friend on WhatsApp five-month-old Renzo Lake slipped off a baby bath seat and drowned in less than six inches of water.
Simone Perry was jailed for 22 months at Northampton Crown Court[/caption]
The mother was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following a trial at Northampton Crown Court last month.
She was jailed for 22 months today as a judge slammed Renzo’s ‘completely unavoidable death’.
Judge Adrienne Lucking QC told Perry: “On discovering Renzo, you immediately called the emergency services and tried to resuscitate Renzo.
“When the paramedics arrived you told them that you had left your baby for about four minutes… and it was your fault.
“Subsequently you gave an account of events to a number of doctors but you omitted to tell them about using the phone.
“I am sure that was because you knew you had allowed yourself to be avoidably distracted.”
Perry initially denied using a phone in a police interview, the court heard, a lie the judge said was a deliberate attempt to mislead the investigation.
Judge Lucking added: “I am satisfied that you remain in denial of your responsibility for your son’s death and your lies were in part a reflection of the fact that you have not yet accepted that you are responsible for the death of your baby.
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“This is an extremely serious offence resulting in the death of a baby and the consequences were completely avoidable.
“In my judgment, tragic though your situation is, I would be failing in my public duty if I did not impose an immediate custodial sentence.
“Babies and young children are at serious risk of death or grave injury if left unsupervised in a bath, and even more so if their carer is avoidably distracted.”