Drug addict mother, 40, is found GUILTY of gross negligence manslaughter

Drug addict mother, 40, is found GUILTY of gross negligence manslaughter 2

Drug addict mother, 40, is found GUILTY of gross negligence manslaughter after her son, seven, with asthma died alone and ‘gasping for air’ in a garden

A drug addict mother has been found guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of her asthma-suffering seven-year-old son after he died alone and ‘gasping for air’ in a garden.

Prosecutors had said Laura Heath deliberately ‘prioritised her addiction to heroin and crack cocaine’ prior to the ‘preventable’ death of Hakeem Hussain from an asthma attack on November 26 2017.

An image seen by jurors during the Coventry Crown Court trial, showed how Heath had even used foil and an elastic band to rig one of her son’s blue inhalers to smoke crack, fuelling a £55-a-day habit.

Heath, formerly of Nechells, Birmingham, denied gross negligence manslaughter at Coventry Crown Court but had admitted four counts of child cruelty, including failing to provide proper medical supervision and exposing Hakeem to class A drugs.

Laura Heath, 39, had 'wilfully' put Hakeem in harm's way and there was an 'obvious risk of death' due to his severe asthma, the court was told

Laura Heath, 39, had ‘wilfully’ put Hakeem in harm’s way and there was an ‘obvious risk of death’ due to his severe asthma, the court was told

Hakeem Hussain 'found himself powerless in a perfect storm' before he suffered a fatal asthma attack at a home in Nechells, Birmingham, in 2017, prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC told Coventry Crown Court

Hakeem Hussain ‘found himself powerless in a perfect storm’ before he suffered a fatal asthma attack at a home in Nechells, Birmingham, in 2017, prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC told Coventry Crown Court

The images shown to the jury of Hakeem's asthma pumps wrapped in foil next to 'drug paraphernalia'

The images shown to the jury of Hakeem’s asthma pumps wrapped in foil next to ‘drug paraphernalia’

Opening the case against 40-year-old Heath – who declined to give evidence – Crown counsel Matthew Brook said the death happened after Hakeem had been repeatedly absent from school and had experienced three emergency admissions to hospital.

Jurors were first sent out on Thursday morning.

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