Teen mum jailed for killing five-week-old son with a paracetamol overdose

A teen who killed her five-week-old son with an overdose of paracetamol has been jailed.

Ellie Jacobs, 19, broke her son Archie’s leg and foot days before crushing pills and adding the to his bottle.

Luton Crown Court was told that South Central Ambulance Service received a 999 call after a baby had suffered a cardiac arrest in Biddlesden, Buckinghamshire, on June 5, 2020.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, little Archie was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem concluded that the cause of death was acute paracetamol toxicity.

Jacobs was arrested more than two years later, in October 2022, and charged with her baby’s murder.

She denied charges of murder and child cruelty at the start of her trial earlier this month, but later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and also admitted child cruelty.

Thames Valley Police Detective chief inspector Will Crowther said it was ‘very sad case’ but noted he was pleased Jacobs accepted responsibility for causing Archie’s death. 

He said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic case. Baby Archie died when he was only five weeks old.

‘Ellie Jacobs has admitted causing his 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.

‘I am glad that during the trial Ellie Jacobs finally accepted responsibility for her dreadful actions.

‘I hope that the fact that Jacobs has now pleaded guilty and been sentenced, it will help the rest of Archie’s family to begin to move forward after 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.’

Jacobs, of Moor Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter and 18 months for child cruelty, to run concurrently. 

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