Toddler dies of neglect and nobody goes to jail?

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The parents and grandmother of a toddler found dead in a garden pond have avoided a prison sentence despite admitting child neglect.

Parents Charlotte Rees-Smith and Andrew Marshall, and grandmother Hilary Rees were given derisory suspended jail terms because of their 'heavy burden' of guilt over the death of two-year-old Daniel Rees-Smith.

The toddler was found by his mother, 20, and father, 22, when they came home from the pub while his alcoholic grandmother, 44, slept on a sofa in a 'drunken stupor'.

Mrs Rees told police 'It's my fault - I have killed my grandson. I was meant to be looking after him' when they arrived at the house and was found to be three-times the drink-drive limit.

She had consumed a cocktail of cider and anti-depressants before dropping off at her home which was littered with dog and cat faeces

After admitting to neglect Judge David Maddison handed the trio suspended prison sentences because of the 'heavy burden' they had to bear.

He said: 'During that period, you Charlotte Rees-Smith, Daniel's mum, allowed him to be looked after by your own mother - knowing that she would often be doing so in conditions of considerable squalor and when she had often been incapable of looking after him properly because of the amount of alcohol she had taken.

'That is what did happen. You (Rees) fell asleep in a condition which could be described as a stupor.

'It was a wholly inadequate was of looking after a child. You two (Rees and Rees-Smith) should be deeply ashamed of your behaviour.
'But it seems to me that you are both deeply ashamed of yourselves. There is no real doubt that you loved him and that he loved you.

'I have read that you are carrying heavy burdens of guilt and will carry them for many years to come - almost certainly for the rest of your lives.'

The trial at Bristol Crown Court heard that Rees-Smith, from St George, Bristol, had given birth to Daniel when she was just 16 in 2008. She was in an on and off relationship with Marshall, from Wrington, North Somerset.

Despite knowing the squalid conditions in which her mother lived, she would leave him at her house up to four times a week and he was frequently allowed to wander around the house alone.

Prosecutor Rupert Lowe said: 'the death of Daniel was the result of an accident, but he was the victim of negligence over the 14 months prior to his death.

'Hilary Rees has had serious alcohol concerns for many years. She was often found unconscious and it was difficult to raise her.

'When she was woken she often became aggressive and confrontational. Ashley Smith moved into her house as a lodger in April 2009 and frequently found Hilary Rees in that way, holding a bottle of cider.'On many of these occasions she was meant to be looking after Daniel.'

On one occasion Ms Smith described finding Daniel crying in the kitchen - next to a flaming oven - while Rees was unconscious on the sofa.

Other witnesses described the child as being unkempt and wearing the same dirty clothes all the time.

Rees had been at the Cross Keys pub where she drank at least three pints of cider near her home in Hanham, Bristol, with her daughter and her boyfriend, but returned before the others with Daniel.

Rees-Smith and Marshall returned at 10.30pm but and that is when they discovered the toddler in the pond and police arrived to arrest Rees who was 'extremely distressed'.

All three were later charged with manslaughter and child neglect but the former charge was dropped.

Rees was handed a 12-month jail term suspended for two years and a two year supervision order while Rees-Smith was given 32 weeks in prison suspended for two years and two years supervision.

Marshall was given an 18-week sentence suspended for two years and two years supervision.

All three declined to comment as they left court.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017573/Parents-grandmother-pond-drowning-boy-Daniel-Rees-Smith-sentenced.html#ixzz1SrByLuBE

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Okay, seriously - WHAT THE FUCK?
 

Titty

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I have a 2 year-old (of the same name, coincidentally). His safety and security is more important than anything else in the world. I couldn't fathom him being under similar circumstances to that poor, unfortunate child.

As a parent, your own wants, needs, desires and habits take a back seat to the responsibilities of your child. Selfishness and ignorance are all too commonplace these days; in which the aforementioned scenario occurs all too frequently.

People fucking disgust me. Anyone who played a part--even in the most miniscule manner--needs to be subject to the same demise as that child. Living with the guilt isn't punishment enough; nor will it prevent the same thing from happening again.

I'm glad I get to leave work in 10 minutes. I need to hug my little boy.
 

SittinGrumpy

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The parents and grandmother of a toddler found dead in a garden pond have avoided a prison sentence despite admitting child neglect.
This doesn't surprise me at all. We lock up people over a joint and let murders, rapist and people who hurt kids walk with nothing.

I have a 2 year-old
How is he doing? hard to believe he is two already!!! She pregnant again yet? You need a girl.
 

Firestorm

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No ... you got it a bit wrong.

MOST people should never procreate. Ever. Never.
Amen! You need a license to hunt, fish and drive, why not one for breeding?

Shit like this is why I hug my kids daily and take extra measures to keep them safe.
 

SlimSkeeter

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MOST people should never procreate. Ever. Never.
I'm one of them. I'm way too selfish and self serving to take care of a kid.

However...I'd like to stab parents who do this kind of crap in the gut and let them bleed out.
 

Mamba

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This doesn't surprise me at all. We lock up people over a joint and let murders, rapist and people who hurt kids walk with nothing.
Quite.

There is nothing "mitigating" about these circumstances.

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He said: 'During that period, you Charlotte Rees-Smith, Daniel's mum, allowed him to be looked after by your own mother - knowing that she would often be doing so in conditions of considerable squalor and when she had often been incapable of looking after him properly because of the amount of alcohol she had taken.
Therefore, the mother knew there was a possibility this could happen, as it had happened before! I am absolutely disgusted at this judge who is letting these people off scot-free while a child has had to die for their ignorance!!

This charge should be manslaughter, and not another second taken to think about the "heavy burden" of guilt they have to carry. They can carry that heavy burden all the way to jail if I have anything to say about it.

UGH.
 

Asus

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How sad , Children always wear the neglect of thoughtless Parents and caregivers . Some turn out alright despite their environment others such as this little Boy do not fair so well .

Time in Prison would be fitting for all of them but would do no more realistically than put more of a burden on society by feeding and taking care of their worthless hides .