Mother guilty in Swansea baby poisoning case

06/07/2012

A mother has been been found guilty of murdering her baby daughter, after administering her adult painkillers.

Michelle Smith, from Swansea, was handed a life sentence at Swansea Crown Court and will serve at least 12 years.

During the trial, the court heard that Smith was believed to have mixed an adult painkiller, which had previously been prescribed for her and her husband, into her daughter Amy's feed.

Amy was taken to hospital but tragically died later. The drug dihydrocodeine was found in her blood.
Lisa McCarthy, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said:

"Cases involving the death of very young children are always deeply tragic and extremely sensitive. A trial of this nature is, by definition, an extremely difficult process for everyone involved. However, as prosecuting authorities we have a duty to treat all cases in exactly the same way and base our decisions purely on the evidence available.

"This case presented a number of complex legal issues and challenges and the jury had to digest a lot of technical and medical evidence. In the end, they shared the prosecution view that Michelle Smith was responsible for the death of her daughter Amy.

"Of course, the process of criminal justice does nothing to bring back Amy Smith and today's verdict will not end the sense of loss felt by those who were close to her. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by what happened."