Blackpool woman admits manslaughter of baby

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A Blackpool woman has today (Wednesday, February 3) admitted the manslaughter of her baby daughter.

Caitlin Jones, 21, of Willowbank Avenue, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of eight-month-old Francesca Haworth at Preston Crown Court.

Police were called by the Ambulance Service around 7.30am on November 7, 2018, following reports a baby had been found unresponsive at an address on Frederick Street.

Emergency services attended with Francesca taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where she sadly later died.

A Home Office post-mortem gave a cause of death as suffocation.

Jones was arrested and later charged with murder in July 2020.

However, following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, a guilty plea to manslaughter was accepted.

Jones was bailed and will be sentenced in June.

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