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Jamar Bailey, 21, was sentenced to 25 and a half years in prison on Monday, October 25 at Birmingham Crown Court. He admitted he attempted to kill a baby girl by feeding her a prescription drug.
On June 27 2020, a three-week-old baby girl was taken to hospital after becoming unresponsive.
A urine test found sodium valproate present in the infant, with the drug typically used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder.
Police were notified the dosage was potentially lethal and were told the drug could not have been ingested accidentally.
Officers later found Bailey was taking medication for seizures and a search of the property found a prescription in his name for Epilim Chrono, which contains sodium valproate.
Bailey was then arrested on suspicion of wilfully harming a child.
Several items were seized from the 21-year-old’s residence, with toxicology tests finding evidence of the drug in the baby’s milk bottle.
Detectives also found a search history on Bailey’s mobile phone for ‘how to poison a baby’ and ‘how to kill a newborn baby’.
The baby “survived her ordeal, is safeguarded and thriving” according to West Midlands Police, although it won’t be known until she is older if there are any lasting effects.
In June 2021, Bailey admitted he attempted murder, and on Monday was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.
Judge Roderick Henderson told Bailey, appearing via video link: “There are two very clear victims. There is the baby who you attempted to kill but a significant aggravating feature of this case is the other victim, her mother.
“That baby was taken from her, she herself was suspected of trying to kill her own child and at a time when a mother is expecting to bond with that child, [the baby] was deprived of that.
“In my judgement that other aspect, the second victim, makes it much more serious.
“I apply a 15 per cent discount because your plea was late in the day, you left it until you were backed into a corner.
“There is a significant risk of harm to people as a result of you potentially repeating this offence.”
Detective Sergeant Kirsty Wilson, from West Midlands Police public protection unit, said in a statement: “The little girl is so lucky to be alive and we are really pleased that she is doing so well.
“Bailey’s actions were premeditated and could quite easily have resulted in her death.
“Our investigation was complex and relied on medical evidence and the support of partner agencies, so we are satisfied that justice has been done.”
Bailey will have to serve two-thirds of his 25 and a half year sentence before being eligible to apply for parole.
He was also handed a four-month sentence for possession of black mamba, a brand of synthetic cannabis or spice, with intent to supply.
The judge said the drugs sentence will run concurrently to his “enormous” prison term.
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