a MOTHER who smothered her young daughter then tried to kill herself felt she had been let down by health professionals, a court heard.
Sonia Bellfield, 31, admitted the manslaughter of two-year-old Jasmine on Monday, on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to a mental health illness.
Leeds Crown Court heard how mental health professionals tried to visit the home in Naylor Court, Dewsbury, just hours before Jasmine died, but were not let in.
Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said that the situation was not treated as an emergency until the next day, when police forced entry and found the tot’s body, on Feburary 19 last year.
Michelle Colborne QC, mitigating, said: “Sonia feels let down by the professionals in those days leading up to the death of Jasmine.”
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board has said it will carry out a Serious Case Review.
Judge Mr Justice Butterfield said Bellfield was a devoted and caring mother, but her mental illness caused her to take Jasmine’s life. He sentenced her to an indefinite hospital order.
Set Supt Dave Pervin, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “This is a very sad case which has had a massive impact on Sonia and her family, and has touched all of the officers involved in the investigation.”
Judge Butterfield said: “To describe this case as a tragedy is to trivialise that word. ”
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