Little Keira-Mae Jones was just two days old when her mother, Aimee Jones, presented her “unresponsive” body to nurses at a Yorkshire hospital.
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A new mom who took a class A drug and then slept with her baby before the little one’s death has spoken out about her drug use.
Little Keira-Mae Jones was just two days old when her mother, Aimee Jones, presented her “unresponsive” body to nurses at a Yorkshire hospital on Saturday night, May 16, 2020.
Mrs Jones told nurses she had “accidentally crushed” her after getting into bed with the newborn, causing the baby’s “catastrophic injuries”.
Keira-Mae needed to be revived at the scene and was later placed on life support, Yorkshire Live reported.
However, her condition tragically did not improve and she was discharged four months later.
In the Keira-Mae inquest, which took place last week on Thursday 20 January, the court heard that Ms Jones had used cocaine on the day her daughter was found “unresponsive” in her hospital bed.
But, in an interview with YorkshireLive, Ms Jones claimed this was not true, saying she had taken the drugs in the days leading up to giving birth.
A toxicology report revealed that Ms. Jones, who has a history of substance abuse, tested positive for cocaine metabolites in the hours after she found her daughter’s body in bed with her.
But Ms Jones said she had not been under the influence of the Class A drug while caring for her daughter.
“No, it was Monday [that I had the cocaine], I went to the hospital on Wednesday and I didn’t even know I was going to be induced,” he said.
“I didn’t use it regularly while pregnant either, I was exhausted, I slept all day, that’s how tired I was, so it was just something to wake me up.”
Asked if she felt bad about taking cocaine while pregnant with her daughter, Ms Jones revealed that it was something she “didn’t want to do” and that she only took the drug “late” in her pregnancy.
She said: “I took it more than once during my pregnancy, but it was only late in my pregnancy and, yeah, obviously it was something I didn’t want to do.”
“When I first tried it, I felt like it was okay; it was just a little bit and it gave me that ‘get up to go,’ it gave me that push to get out of bed.”
During Keira-Mae’s inquest last week, Ms Jones told the court that she had been warned by nurses about the dangers of sleeping with her newborn, but said she “didn’t know” what had happened that fateful day.
At the conclusion of the tragic case, the chief coroner, David Urpeth, told the court that Keira-Mae had been unlawfully killed by Mrs. Jones.
He told the court that his drug use, which he accepted took place on Saturday, May 16, 2020, “directly led to Keira-Mae’s death.”
But Ms Jones said the investigation’s findings had left her “furious”, in particular the details her neighbor had shared about a confession Ms Jones had made.
Ms. Jones’s neighbor told the court that, days after Keira-Mae was placed on life support, Ms. Jones asked if the couple could “chat” outside over the garden fence.
It was at this point that Mrs. Jones’s neighbor said that Mrs. Jones told her, “I smothered her, I did.”
But Mrs. Jones said that this conversation never happened.
She said: “I never got along with her, I never did, so why the hell would I ask to sit in the garden with her and tell her this, that and the next? I’m absolutely furious.”
At the end of the Keira-Mae investigation, Mr. Urpeth recommended that South Yorkshire Police turn the case over to CPS, so that charges of involuntary manslaughter could be brought against Ms. Jones.
South Yorkshire Police told YorkshireLive that proceedings are not currently active.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.