Baby beaten to death 'found with cocaine and cannabis in his body'

Baby beaten to death 'found with cocaine and cannabis in his body'
Published: 2016 May 26 20:49:40 (7031 Views)
A baby was found to have cocaine and cannabis in his body when he was killed by his mother's boyfriend, a court has heard.

Finley Thomas was said to have been exposed to the drugs by his own mother and her lover, just before he was allegedly battered to death.

A court heard how his 25-year-old mother, Chloe Thomas, had become addicted to illegal drugs as well as diazepam while "infatuated" with her boyfriend Sean Buckley, 28.

A murder trial heard how a post mortem examination on Finley's body showed he was contaminated with the same drugs.

A murder trial heard messages on Buckley's phone showed he had run up drug debts from buying and selling both cannabis and cocaine.

Toxicological examinations on the lovers after Finley's death suggested "a considerable use of drugs" in the family home in the months leading up to the baby's death.

He said text messages sent from hospital by Thomas to Buckley hours after he allegedly attacked Finley showed her "infatuation" took priority over her responsibility to her baby.



Mr Thomas said: "It summarises her view of Buckley. She saw no wrong in him and she put the interest of her child second to that of Buckley, and ignored what was plainly in front of her eyes.

"It was said she had been a good mother, but her affection was subordinate to her desires for Mr Buckley."

The court was also shown a collapsible chair found in the couple's garden, which Mr Thomas said was used to kill the infant.

He played a DVD to the court showing how meshing on the chair matched up with marks found on the baby's scalp.

After his death doctors found evidence of previous multiple bleeds and injuries to his head and spine which were consistent with "non accidental injury."

Buckley denies murder. He and girlfriend Thomas, both of Tonypandy, Rhondda, both deny cruelty to a young person under 16.

The trial expected to last five weeks continues at Cardiff Crown Court.



Source - Mirror

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