Drug addict mother jailed over baby son’s death


Did the drug dealer who made the final payment on his Mercedes or that family sized villa in Spain seriously consider the impact his drug dealing would have on families like the one below? Judging from the degree of brazen arrogance and god almighty sanctimoniousness I keep observing each place I encounter such people, I doubt it.

‘A mother whose 11-month-old son died after sustaining injuries while she was out meeting her drug dealer has been jailed for six years.

Finola Cash, 32, was out buying crack cocaine when her son Ricky’s bath seat fell into water in their hotel bedsit in Edgware, north London, in August.

Cash had been visited by social workers on multiple occasions, including on the day Ricky died, the Old Bailey heard.

The judge said Cash was “grossly negligent”.

Brain damage

The baby, who was subject to a child protection plan by Harrow Social Services, died in September 2014 – a month after he was found – in a children’s hospice after suffering brain damage.

Judge Charles Wide said: “You were grossly negligent. This was not the result of momentary inattention, this was the culmination of the continual failure to care for him.

He added: “You were more concerned with receiving your consignment of drugs than looking after your child.”



Doctors found the 11-month-old had crack cocaine in his bloodstream, which was either the result of passive smoking or contamination from a surface or a finger.

He was also suffering a severe nappy rash caused by neglecting to change soiled nappies.

‘Increasingly concerned’

Cash pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to six years, of which Judge Wide said she is expected to serve half on licence.

Cash, who is from the travelling community, was known to social services because of her history of drug abuse and domestic violence.

 She had been moved into the hotel so social services could supervise the family, the prosecution said.

On the morning of Ricky’s death on 23 August, a social worker made an unannounced visit to Cash and noted that she had no concerns, the court heard.

Tests on her blood and hair revealed she had taken crack cocaine in the 12 hours before Ricky had drowned and had been a user of heroin and methadone for the previous nine months.

Sarah Plaschkes QC, prosecuting, said Harrow Social Services became “increasingly concerned” about Cash who had already been evicted from two other hotels for disruptive behaviour before she arrived at the Madonna Halley Hotel, in Whitchurch Lane, in August 2014.

Social workers suspected Cash may have been taking drugs after reports from from neighbours, but Cash failed to turn up for drug testing.’

(Extract from an article in the Daily Mail printed in 2014)


Three Babies Hooked On Heroin or Crack Born Every Day

Family with a stroller

Here’s a thought for the drug dealer raising a healthy hale and hearty family off the profits of his drug dealing, THREE babies a day born in Britain are addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs, shock figures published last year reveal.

Junkie mothers over the last five years have given birth to 5,500 children who were already hooked.

Department of Health statistics show the newborns all showed “neo-natal withdrawal symptoms” within the first few hours of life.

These are the same terrible symptoms experienced by hardened addicts when they come off drugs.

The babies need specialised care to cope with severe vomiting, seizures, fever and breathing difficulties.

They became hooked in the womb because their mums continue taking drugs during pregnancy.


Tory MP Nick de Bois — who uncovered the statistics through Parliamentary questions — said: “These figures are shocking.

“It is difficult to comprehend that in Britain we consistently have more than 1,000 babies born every year addicted to drugs.”

“We are clearly failing to prevent the most vulnerable in society — and I cannot think of anyone more vulnerable than a newborn baby — from being harmed by drug use.”

Mr de Bois urged ministers to do more to get treatment for addicts to kick their habit. But he said they should also start giving drug dealers tougher sentences.


The statistics come only weeks after Deputy PM Nick Clegg called for an overhaul of drug laws. He told The Sun the war on drugs had been a spectacular failure.

The Commons home affairs select committee also called for ministers to consider de-criminalising drugs.

But critics warn that watering down the law could see more youngsters sucked into addiction. A total of 596 people were killed by heroin in England and Wales in 2011.

Former cop Norman Brennan, who campaigns to help victims of crime, hopes the figures will make Lib Dem leader Mr Clegg rethink his recent comments.

He said: “For 31 years as a police officer I saw first-hand how drugs destroyed the lives of users and their families — and devastated whole communities.”

“I am fed up with the liberal elite talking about legalising drugs when they haven’t the first idea about the consequences or scale of the problem.”

Liberals being easy on drugs eh? But who set up the system of commerce, that makes drug dealing such a palatable professional choice, to far too many would be businessmen I wonder?

(Extracts of this post were printed in The Sun Newspaper in 2014)