Dad gave his toddler fatal methadone overdose
Drug addict jailed for manslaughter
A DRUG-ADDICTED father has been jailed for the manslaughter of his toddler after giving his son methadone.
Jamie Green, 33, was found guilty of killing Jayden Lee Green by giving him the heroin substitute, a court spokesman said.
His partner Sonia Britton, 35, was cleared of manslaughter but convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child and cruelty to a person under the age of 16 following a three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.
Britton and Green had denied all the charges.
The tragic toddler, who was a month short of his second birthday, was found dead in his parents’ bed after overdosing on the heroin substitute in August 2011.
He lived with his crack cocaine and heroin-addicted parents in a rented flat in Bristol.
Scientific tests showed the fatal dose administered to Jayden Lee was not the first time he had been given methadone.
Green was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, while Britton was jailed for four years.
The court heard the little boy was given the methadone at some point between the night of August 20 and morning of August 21.
The court was told Britton and Green had been together for 11 or 12 years and were long-term drug users.
Jayden Lee was born on September 18, 2009, and despite his parents being prescribed methadone they were also still taking heroin and crack cocaine throughout 2011.
The court heard that friends of both defendants said their priorities were drugs and not their son.