Thursday, 14 July 2016

Mother facing jail over baby’s death to give birth to second child behind bars

Mother facing jail over baby's death to give birth to second child behind bars
Claire Riley is likely to be giving birth in prison (Picture: News Team)


A mother looks set to give birth in prison while serving time over the death of her daughter in a dog mauling.
Claire Riley, 23, admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog and was due to be sentenced yesterday.

But she is pregnant and said she was too ill to go to court so sentencing has been adjourned until August.

At a previous hearing she failed to attend because of an anxiety disorder.
Riley and her mother Susan Aucott, 55, both appeared together on the same charge after six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was mauled to death by an American pit bull.

Pregnant woman jailed
Susan Aucott, Molly Mae’s grandmother, will also be sentenced (Picture: News Team)

However, neither of them turned up for sentencing because of Riley’s illness, according to the BBC.
The dog, called Bruiser, was killed at Riley’s home.

Judge Justice Carr described their absence in court as ‘woefully inadequate’ but added: ‘I am no medical expert but I’m not sure the delay is in anyone’s interests, in any point of view.

‘The sentencing is going to happen and I am not going to delay it until after the birth. [Riley] has to be sentenced. The sooner that happens the better.’


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