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”.
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.
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.