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Drug-drive mother Danielle Parsons jailed for killing daughter in Birmingham

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Image caption Danielle Parsons took cocaine hours before getting behind the wheel

A mother who took cocaine before causing a crash which killed her two-year-old daughter and injured a family friend has been jailed.

Danielle Parsons, 23, was driving when she hit a tree in Selly Oak, Birmingham, in April last year.

Her daughter Esmee died in hospital while a friend suffered serious injuries but has since recovered.

At Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, Parsons was given five years for causing death by dangerous driving.

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Image caption Esmee O'Reilly died in hospital after the crash

She was also sentenced to two years for causing serious injury, to run concurrently, and banned from driving for five-and-a-half years.

Parsons, from Castle Road, Weoley Castle, had previously admitted the charges relating to the crash, in Gibbins Road, on 30 April.

A "complex investigation" revealed she had taken cocaine hours before getting behind the wheel, West Midlands Police said.

Sgt Steve Newbury, from the force's collision investigation unit, said Parsons would have to live with the knowledge she caused her daughter's death due to a "grave mistake".

He added: "This is the most graphic example that drug driving can kill and change people's lives forever."

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