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Kate Lally

Mum broke baby's leg before crushing up pills for his bottle

A teenager killed her five-week-old baby with a paracetamol overdose after breaking his leg and foot.

Ellie Jacobs, 19, admitted manslaughter after crushed paracetamol pills were added to Archie Jacobs' bottle on June 5, 2020, the BBC reports. An ambulance was called after a 999 call regarding the cardiac arrest of a baby at their home in Biddleson, Buckinghamshire.

Tragically, Archie was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination found the cause of the tiny baby's death was acute paracetamol toxicity.

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Jacobs was arrested in connection with his death in October, 2022, and charged with murder on October 27 last year.

Jacobs was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter and child cruelty at Luton Crown Court on Thursday (May 24). The teenager from Rushden, Northants, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by unlawful act and child cruelty at an earlier court hearing.

Detective Chief Inspector, Will Crowther of the Major Crime Unit at Thames Valley Police said: “This is an absolutely tragic case. Baby Archie died when he was only five weeks old.

“Ellie Jacobs has admitted causing Archie’s broken leg and foot in the days prior to his death, as well as admitting that she administered the large paracetamol overdose that caused his death. This has been a long investigation that has always sought to find the truth as to what happened to Baby Archie, and I am glad that during the trial Ellie Jacobs finally accepted responsibility for her dreadful actions.

“I am hoping that the fact that Ellie Jacobs has now pleaded guilty and been sentenced, it will help the rest of Archie’s family to begin to move forward following this unbearable period for them. I am grateful to the witnesses in this case for their evidence, and my thanks to the investigation team who have worked tirelessly to get to the truth'".

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