UPDATED: Sally Dent and Shaun Binfield guilty of manslaughter of Riley Pettipierre, 2
A drug-addict mother has today been found guilty of the manslaughter of her two-year-old son, who died after drinking her methadone.
Sally Dent, 33, was also convicted of cruelty to a child. Her partner, Shaun Binfield, 45, was also convicted of manslaughter.
Their son Riley Pettipierre was found apparently lifeless at their home in Kilbourne Road, Belper, on March 13 last year. Riley was taken to hospital but declared dead a short time later.
The jury took four hours to convict Dent and Binfield of causing the death of Riley.
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Dent, clutching the hand of her partner, sobbed as the jury delivered its verdict.
The toddler died after drinking methadone from a child’s beaker which Dent had prepared for herself to take during the night.
The jury heard during a two-week trial that Dent had initially put the beaker on top the a wardrobe but then asked Binfield to move it.
He said he had put it on top of a CD rack on some chest of drawers where they both believed it was out of the reach of Riley.
Dent did not take the methadone during the night. The following morning Riley went back into the bedroom while his mother slept. She awoke two hours later to find Riley lifeless in the bed next to her.
Dent’s conviction for cruelty was for failing to keep class A drugs out of the reach of Riley on occasions other than on March 13.
A hair sample taken from Riley after he died showed that he had ingested class A drugs in the months prior to his death.
Judge John Milmo remanded the couple into custody to await sentencing on February 19.
He thanked the jury for undertaking “such an emotionally-charged case”.
*The Scandal of Riley: See the Derby Telegraph and this website tomorrow.