An Adelaide mother could have saved her newborn baby’s life if she sought timely medical attention for his injuries, but instead she blew cannabis smoke onto his face, an Adelaide court heard.
Rebecca Denton, 35, of Christie Downs pleaded guilty to criminal neglect in the District Court over the death of her 21-day-old baby, Alvin in April 2021.
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On Monday, the court head Alvin was suffering from fractured ribs and brain bleeding allegedly at the hand of his father Ashley McGregor, who has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
McGregor allegedly told police he tripped over his dog while holding the baby and fell on him.
In the District Court, prosecutor Taryn Amos said Alvin wasn’t feeding, moving or responding, and McGregor allegedly suggested to Denton it was because Alvin had cannabis withdrawal as a result of Denton smoking during pregnancy.
“McGregor suggested she blow some second hand smoke near Alvin’s face when she consumed her next bong … and so she did,” Amos told the court.
Rebecca Denton and Ashley McGregor have been charged over the death of baby Alvin. Credit: SuppliedAlvin was 21 days old when he died on April 2021. Credit: Supplied
The court was told Denton heard her baby gargling and grunting during the night, but instead of checking on him, Denton went back to sleep.
On April 23, Alvin was taken to Noarlunga Hospital unresponsive.
Amos said there was a 42-hour window between the time Alvin was injured and died that his life could have been saved if medical attention was sought.
She said Denton failed to act.
Denton’s lawyer said her client was in a “domineering, coercive and controlling” relationship, but she was otherwise a loving mother who deeply regretted her actions.
The 35-year-old remains on bail. She will be sentenced at the end of February.
– With Deanna Williams