Man, 21, who poisoned three-week old baby googled ‘how to kill a newborn’ before

A man has been jailed for 25-and-a-half years after trying to poison a three-week old baby.

21-year-old Jamar Bailey from Birmingham had even googled 'how to kill a newborn baby' before attempting the murder on June 27, 2020.

The baby was rushed to Birmingham Children's Hospital after its mother realised it was ill, reports Birmingham Live.

A urine test detected sodium valporate – 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 accidently.

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

William Boyce QC, prosecuting, said: "The baby woke crying. Her cries seemed different so her mother called 111.

"The next day, June 27, she was fed for a short time. When she next woke she was not latching onto the breast and her arms just dropped back.

"111 called an ambulance immediately. She was extremely unwell, hypothermic and unresponsive to stimulus.

"She was ventilated she received treatment for raised ammonia levels. Her mother was always present at hospital.

"The doctors concluded that she sustained significant harm as a result of being administered sodium valproate."

The baby could have gone into a coma, suffered liver damage or low blood pressure – but fortunately made a full recovery from her ordeal, the court heard.

It won’t be known until she is older if there are any lasting effects.

John O'Higgins, defending, said the "absence of any similar offending" along with Bailey's "age and immaturity" were the main mitigating factors.

He told the court Bailey had been assessed as having special educational needs earlier in life and was "inarticulate" and lacked intelligence.

"He has an inability to express himself. He has only been able to give a confused account of what was behind his actions.

"His actions speak louder than words. In his guilty plea, he acknowledges his guilt with full intent. He admits not just the act but the intent that is a huge step for a young man to make – for that can infer a degree of insight and remorse.

"He has a significant long-term medical condition which he does not appear to have managed well.

"Whether his failure to take his medication impacted is unclear."

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Bailey was barred from ever working with children or vulnerable adults in addition to his lengthy sentence.

Judge Roderick Henderson told him: "There are two very clear victims. There is the baby who you attempted to kill but significant aggravating feature of this case is the other victim, her mother.

"That baby was taken from her, she herself was suspected of trying to kill her own child and at a time when a mother is expecting to bond with that child, [the baby] was deprived of that.

"In my judgement that other aspect, the second victim, makes it much more serious. I apply a 15 per cent discount because your plea was late in the day, you left it until you were backed into a corner.

"There is a significant risk of harm to people as a result of you potentially repeating this offence."

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