Lancashire

TV death baby Kian McMillan's mother jailed

Natalie McMillan and Edward Hanratty
Image caption Natalie McMillan was sentenced to 15 months but Edward Hanratty failed to turn up for sentencing

The mother of a four-month-old boy who died when a television fell on his head has been jailed.

Kian McMillan, from Burnley, suffered a brain injury in the incident on 6 December 2011 and died the next day.

Natalie McMillan, 25, was cleared of manslaughter but admitted child neglect and was jailed for 15 months.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Kian's father Edward Hanratty, 41, who did not turn up at Preston Crown Court for sentencing.

The Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said McMillan had put her "self-indulgent drugs lifestyle" ahead of the welfare of Kian, who died from "catastrophic injuries".

He was lying on a changing mat at the family home when McMillan tried to move the TV to plug in a scart lead.

While giving evidence at her trial, she tried to shift the blame to her ex-partner Hanratty and said she was upstairs in bed at the time.

'No remorse'

McMillan, of Clarendon Road, Leeds, denied she had been under the influence of drugs when her son died but tests later showed she had taken heroin and diazepam.

Hanratty, of Dirkhill Road, Bradford, had also taken drink and drugs and had passed out on the kitchen floor at their Scarlett Street home at the time of Kian's death.

Both pleaded guilty to child cruelty on the basis of neglect during their trial last month.

McMillan was cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence, although Judge Russell said he was satisfied it was McMillan who moved the television.

Speaking after sentencing, Det Insp Mark Rothwell from Lancashire Police said: "Natalie McMillan was in no fit state to look after Kian that night.

"This should serve as a warning to people and highlight the most serious of consequences of caring for children, especially young babies, whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.

"From the moment Natalie McMillan dialled 999 to her sentencing today, she has shown absolutely no remorse and will now have a period in custody to reflect on her actions and the impact that drugs have had on her life."

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