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Just hours before killing her daughter, this mum was doing COCAINE

A mum who killed her toddler daughter when she crashed her car into a tree while high on COCAINE has been jailed for five years.

Danielle Parsons, 23, had taken the Class-A drug hours before she was involved in the horror smash that killed her two-year-old daughter Esmee O’Reilly.

Her Ford Fiesta veered off the road before ploughing into a wall and a tree in Selly Oak, Birmingham, at 4pm on April 30 last year.

Danielle Parsons

Danielle Parsons

Witnesses said in the in the aftermath of the the collision Parsons, who suffered minor injuries, could be heard screaming “my baby, please help my baby.”

Several members of the public, including a medical student, tried to resuscitate the little girl but she was later pronounced dead in hospital.

A family friend who was also a passenger in the vehicle suffered serious injuries but has since recovered.

Danielle Parsons and her daughter Esmee

Danielle Parsons and her daughter Esmee

On Thursday (9/6) unemployed Parsons was jailed for five years after previously admitting causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

She was sentenced to two years for causing serious injury to run concurrently and was banned from driving for five-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Parsons, from Weoley Castle, Birmingham, will have to take an extended retest before she can get back behind the wheel and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.

Danielle Parsons' daughter Esmee

Danielle Parsons’ daughter Esmee

Sergeant Steve Newbury, from West Midlands Police’s Collision Investigation Unit, said after the case: “Parsons made the grave mistake of using cocaine that day and then put her family and friends in danger by driving under its influence with them as passengers.

“Her young daughter suffered the ultimate consequences of that decision and lost her life and she will have to live with the knowledge that she caused her death.

“This is the most graphic example that drug driving can kill and change people’s lives forever.

Danielle Parsons, appearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court

Danielle Parsons, appearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court

“I would like to thank the hard work and determination of the Collision Investigation Team to get to the truth and establish all the evidence which has led to this successful prosecution and the dedicated work of the Family Liaison Team in their support of the family.

“Our thoughts remain with them as they continue to come to terms with their loss.”

Speaking at the time Esmee’s uncle Brendan O’Reilly paid tribute to the tragic tot.

Danielle Parsons, appearing at Birmingham Magistrates Courts

Danielle Parsons, appearing at Birmingham Magistrates Courts

He said: “She was always smiling and never stopped smiling – she was a happy-go-lucky little girl.

“She had beautiful blue eyes.”

The toddler’s aunt Alana Mary paid tribute on Facebook posting: “You are our beautiful angel we love u Esmee theres not a day that we wont think about your lovely infectious smile u bought so much happiness to our life we are all guna miss u so much sleep tight angel.”

Danielle Parsons and her daughter Esmee

Danielle Parsons and her daughter Esmee

Passer-by Henna Rai told at the time how she stopped her car in a vain bid to help Esmee.

Ms Rai, a mum herself, said she was joined by a woman named Catherine who called the emergency services and relayed instructions about how to perform CPR.

A final year medical student named Emily, who lives in the road, also helped paramedics who arrived at the scene.

Danielle Parsons

Danielle Parsons

She added: “I was driving down the road soon after it happened. There was lots of noise and people screaming.

“The mother was screaming “my baby please help my baby“.

“As far as I could see it was an accident and the car had lost control somehow.

Danielle Parsons

Danielle Parsons

“We gave her CPR while the child was laying on her grandmother’s lap. It was very traumatic for everyone. The mother was in a terrible state.

“The grandfather told me he his daughter had picked him up from work. He worked at the university as an estate’s manager.

“They were on their way home when it happened.”



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