A mother has been jailed for killing her 8-month-old baby daughter.
Blackpool baby killer mother jailed after googling ways to kill. Baby Francesca Haworth died after emergency services found her unresponsive at an address in Frederick Street, Blackpool in November 2018. A post-mortem examination by the Home Office found suffocation was the cause of her death. Caitlin Jones, aged 21, was charged with her murder last July. But a plea of manslaughter was accepted after discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service.
After police seized Jones’ phone and iPad it was discovered that searches had been made on the devices as to how to suffocate babies Lancashire police confirmed.
After Jones’ sentencing at Preston Crown Court on Thursday Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Willis said. “Caitlin Jones was Francesca’s source of life and should have been her source of love. Sadly, she showed little regard for the welfare of her daughter that day.
She has never given any explanation as to what she did to Francesca or indeed why. What we do know is that in the hours before Francesca’s death, Jones made a number of internet searches. Relating to suffocation of babies and whether or not she could be arrested for such an offense.
Just after 7am that morning she made efforts to carefully delete those searches from her device. Before contacting the emergency services at 7.28am. Where she claimed to have only just found Francesca unresponsive. With a blanket wrapped around her face.
My thoughts remain with Francesca’s father and her family who have conducted themselves with great dignity. At what has been a very sad, difficult and distressing time.” Senior District Crown Prosecutor Isla Chilton said. “This was a tragic death of a young baby at the hands of her own mother. It was a deliberate and premeditated act by Caitlin Jones to suffocate her. And although she raised the alarm and called an ambulance by then it was too late.
Afterwards, the forensic and pathology evidence proved that Francesca’s death was not an accident. We were also able to use the evidence that Caitlin Jones had been searching the internet for articles about babies dying from suffocation. The proof that she had thought about and planned what she was going to do. Not only did the defendant try to deflect the blame from herself. But she then put suspicion on to her partner for a considerable period of time. By blaming him for the internet searches. Our thoughts are with Francesca’s family and everyone affected by this distressing case.”