Teenage mother jailed for killing five-week-old son with paracetamol overdose | British News

Ellie Jacobs

Ellie Jacobs pleaded guilty to manslaughter and child cruelty (Image: Thames Valley Police/PA)

A teenager who killed her five-week-old son with a paracetamol overdose has been jailed.

Ellie Jacobs, 19, broke her son Archie’s leg and foot for days before crushing pills and putting them in his bottle.

Luton Crown Court has been told the South Central Ambulance Service received an 911 call after a baby suffered cardiac arrest on June 5, 2020 in Biddlesden, Buckinghamshire.

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

A post-mortem found the cause of death to be acute paracetamol toxicity.

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

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

Will Crowther, Chief Inspector for the Thames Valley Police Detective, said it was a “very sad case” but noted he was glad Jacobs took responsibility for Archie’s death.

He said: “This is an absolutely tragic case.” Baby Archie died when he was just five weeks old.

“Ellie Jacobs has admitted to being the cause of his broken leg and foot in the days leading up to his death, and also admitted to giving him the large overdose of acetaminophen that resulted in his death.”

“This has been a long investigation, always trying to find out the truth about what happened to baby Archie.”

“I’m glad that Ellie Jacobs has finally accepted responsibility for her horrific actions during the trial.

“I hope that the fact that Jacobs has now pleaded guilty and has been convicted will help the rest of Archie’s family move forward after this heartbreaking time.”

“I am grateful to the witnesses for their testimonies in this case and to the investigative team who have worked tirelessly to uncover the truth.”

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

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