Rose Jones, 31, from Keyham, Plymouth, has been jailed for seven years and two months after putting opium-based painkiller, Tramadol, in her one year-old daughter’s breast milk.
Rose, a mother-of-eight children who was an addict to the drug told the Plymouth Crown Court that she spiked her daughter’s milk in a bid to calm her down.
She pleaded guilty to child cruelty, drug possession and perverting the course of justice.
Presiding judge, Ian Lawrie, said Jones had “consistently exaggerated” the girl’s condition in an attempt to get more benefits payments.
During her hearing, tests carried out on the one year-old established that the drug which was found in high levels in the breast milk could not be in the milk unless it was added to it.
Another evidence taken from the baby’s hair sample proved the child had been taking the prescription drug for some months though the court confirmed the child didn’t appear to have suffered any long term effect.
Lawrie during his verdict, stated Rose had “committed repeated acts of cruelty” on her daughter.
He said, “You consistently exaggerated the condition of your daughter to get more money from the DWP (The Department for Work and Pensions).
You in my judgement have carried out a calculated act to poison your child. Do I pick up any sense of regret? No I don’t.”
An official added that, “Jones misused the opium based painkiller Tramadol and satisfied her addiction by lying to and defrauding members of the public and professionals. Her sentence means her children are “not at risk of any further harm”.