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Mother pleads guilty to manslaughter of baby boy who drowned in bath

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A tragic incident unfolded as Danielle Massey, a 31-year-old mother, admitted to the manslaughter of her baby boy, Charlie Goodall, who drowned in the bath at their home in County Durham in February 2022. The hearing at the Sheffield Crown Court revealed that on the day of Charlie's death, Massey also possessed cannabis, adding another layer of complexity to the case. According to the prosecution, there was an acknowledgment of a prolonged period of negligence that ultimately resulted in the death of the seven-month-old infant.

The heartbreaking discovery of Charlie unresponsive in the bath prompted an urgent response from paramedics and law enforcement officers who were summoned to the residence in West Chilton Terrace, Chilton, on February 16, 2022. Despite being airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, the young child tragically passed away shortly after arrival. The defense, represented by Martin Sharpe, emphasized Massey's admission that she was at fault for the improper attachment of the bath seat, leading to Charlie tipping over and drowning in the concave bath that prevented the suction pad from working effectively.

As legal proceedings continue, the upcoming date of July 26 has been set aside to determine whether a Newton hearing is necessary to explore further details surrounding Massey's guilty plea. The case serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences that can arise from lapses in supervision and safety measures, underscoring the importance of attentiveness and diligence when caring for young children, especially in potentially hazardous environments like bathtubs.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09