Drug-addict mother jailed for 20 years after 7-year-old asthmatic son died 'gasping for air' because she had taken his inhaler to smoke Crack - AMEBO ONLINE NEWSPAPER

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Drug-addict mother jailed for 20 years after 7-year-old asthmatic son died 'gasping for air' because she had taken his inhaler to smoke Crack

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 A heroin addict mother who used her severely asthmatic son's inhaler as makeshift pipeto smoke crack has been jailed for 20 years after the child died alone and 'gasping for air' in the garden.

Laura Heath’s son, Hakeem, was found dead in a garden in Birmingham in November 2017 after suffering a severe asthma attack. His 'freezing' body was discovered clutching a leaf outside a flat where he was staying with his mother and where Heath smoked heroin and crack cocaine in his presence. 

According to Mail Online, Laura Heath used foil and an elastic band to rig one of her son's blue inhalers to smoke crack. The addict had a £55-a-day habit and her son was found to have inhaled tobacco smoke in the hours before his death, having also been exposed to heroin, crack cocaine, and cannabis through second-hand smoke.



Police believe her son had let himself out of the flat sometime after 10.30pm because of drugs smoke - but he then died gasping for air in the garden and his body, already stiff from rigor mortis, was found at 7.30am the following morning. 

Passing sentence on Laura Heath, Mr. Justice Dove said the death of Hakeem Hussain, seven, in November 2017 in Birmingham was the result of her 'catastrophic and deplorable' parenting.
Mr. Justice Dove told Heath as she stood impassively in the dock at Coventry Crown Court today: 'You betrayed the trust of all children who have to place their trust in their parents to do the best for them and you catastrophically failed to act as a responsible mother.

'All of these offences were committed while you were under the influence or indeed in the thrall of drugs, in particular heroin and crack cocaine.

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