Eight years for parents of girl killed by methadone stored in Tom and Jerry child’s cup
Sophie Jones died after drugs were stored in her Tom and Jerry cup
The court also heard that while Sophie was in hospital, King sent text messages to Jones about hiding the methadone stored in the Tom and Jerry cup.
Detective Inspector Andy Cribbin of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “Storing methadone in a child’s drinking cup is akin to leaving a loaded firearm in the reach of a child; the outcome was almost inevitable.
“I would like to thank the members of the local community who came forward as witnesses during the investigation.
“Their evidence enabled us to piece together the actions of both defendants leading up to Sophie’s death and provided a disturbing insight into their drug use.”
Wendy Lloyd, senior Crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) North West, said that the parents showed “utter disregard” for Sophie’s safety by leaving her unsupervised with the cup that they were “well aware” contained methadone.
The CPS confirmed that King was sentenced to six years and four months for manslaughter and one year and eight months for child cruelty.
Jones was sentenced to six years for manslaughter and two years for child cruelty.