Mother jailed for manslaughter of baby daughter - Wantage

11/11/2016

A mother appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Friday, 11 November 2016, and was jailed for three years for the manslaughter of her baby daughter in Wantage.

Jasmine Gregory, aged 24, of Ulfgar Road, Oxford, was sentenced today after being found guilty of the manslaughter on Wednesday, 09 November 2016, following an eight-day trial.

At around 2pm on 07 August 2014, at Gregory's then home in Kents Row, Grove, near Wantage, Gregory left her 14-month-old daughter, Robyn Andrews-English, in the bath and left her unattended for some time, which resulted in the child drowning.

Kirsty Allman, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This was a sad case resulting in the untimely death of 14-month-old baby Robyn Andrews-English on 07 August 2014, in Wantage. This was a tragic waste of life and one which could have been avoided.

"Early afternoon on 07 August 2014, Jasmine Gregory ran her daughter an adult-sized bath, put her in it, unsupported, and left her unattended and unsupervised where she drowned.  In fact, it appears that Gregory forgot she had left Robyn in the bath, possibly due to alcohol consumption, and was seen looking for her moments before being seen with her, lifeless, in her arms.  After being taken to a nearby Doctors surgery and then being rushed by ambulance to hospital, Robyn was declared dead at 3.32pm. This was not merely a terrible accident; Gregory was clearly grossly negligent in leaving Robyn unattended in the bath.

"Gregory initially admitted to witnesses at the scene to leaving her baby in the bath and being responsible for her death, but later replied 'no comment' to police interviews and denied gross negligence manslaughter, but was found guilty, despite her denials.

"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for baby Robyn. I hope that the conviction and today's sentence will in some way help her family come to terms with this tragic event. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Investigating officer Detective Constable Andy Matheson, from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based in Cowley, said: "This has been a tragic case from the start. A young mother has lost her young baby and the extended family have lost the future they would have had with the child.

"Jasmine Gregory has never given a full account to police or others of what happened that day and so this has meant Robyn's extended family - grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins - will never really know what led to her death.

"However, I am pleased that this tragic case has now reached its conclusion so the family can begin to concentrate on picking up the pieces of their lives at this difficult time.

"This was a result of a many different agencies working together including medical professionals, social services, CPS and the police and I would like to thank all those who helped bring this case to its conclusion."