Mum and dad who got stoned on drugs while toddler daughter, 1, drowned in the bath are jailed over horror death | The Sun
RECKLESS parents who took drugs downstairs while their toddler drowned in the bath have been jailed for a total of six years.
Little one-year-old Elaina Rose Aziz was left in the bath of the family home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
While parents Kelsey Harrison, 28, and Eddo Aziz, 37, were downstairs, the little girl started to drown.
By the time they went to check on her she had gone into cardiac arrest.
The couple raised the alarm with medics and the girl was taken hospital, but she later died.
Police launched an investigation and the pair initially denied any wrongdoing – instead claiming it had been a tragic accident.
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But extensive toxicology and pathologist reports proved that Elaina had been left in the bath by Harrison while she and Aziz were under the influence of drugs on the evening of August 6, 2020.
Harrison previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her daughter.
She also admitted a charge of child cruelty to a person under 16 between July 21, 2019 and August 6, 2020.
Aziz also pleaded guilty to the same charge. The pair appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday for sentencing.
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Harrison was given a total of five years in prison.
She will be required to serve two-thirds of that sentence before being considered for release.
Aziz, 37, who is already in prison for other drug offences, was sentenced to a year and four months and will have to serve half his sentence.
Detective Chief Inspector Teresa McKenna, senior investigating officer who led the long-running investigation, said the little girl should have been able to enjoy bath-time safely.
"This has been an utterly tragic and entirely avoidable case," DCI McKenna said.
"Elaina should have been able to enjoy bath time while under the care of her parents. Both Aziz and Harrison abandoned their responsibility to keep their child safe from harm – ultimately with devastating consequences.
“Their neglectful actions meant that Elaina lost her life unnecessarily and her death has caused unimaginable suffering for the rest of the family. Thankfully these cases are extremely rare, but nonetheless, it has taken a meticulous and lengthy police investigation to establish what happened that night.
"I wish to praise the team involved for their hard work and commitment in what has been a challenging and deeply emotional case for all concerned. I’d also like to thank the experts for their insight and dedication to getting the right outcome for Elaina and her family."
Following Elaina's death, relatives paid tribute to their "perfect little miracle".
In a heartbreaking statement, they said: "Our whole family is absolutely heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our beautiful baby girl, Elaina Rose.
"She was enormously loved and adored by us all; she was our daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter and niece.
"Elaina only ever knew happiness and our love and devotion.
"Elaina was our little miracle, perfect in every way, and the most loved and adored little princess there could ever be.
"She was beautiful inside and out, with her bouncy soft curls in her masses of hair and the longest of eyelashes.
"Her smile was enough to melt anyone's heart, and her giggle was so infectious.
"She was always a happy little girl who loved learning to sing and sign with Mr Tumble and her nightly snuggles with Pepe Nana watching Moon and Me.
"She had lots of adventures out in the countryside; she loved listening to the birdies sing and the wind in the trees.
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"She will forever be in our hearts and minds and will travel with us wherever we may venture until we meet again. Goodnight baby girl.
"She was given by God as a pure gift and taken back into his loving arms; she was too angelic to be in this world."
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