Parents of one-year-old girl who died after they left her in unsupervised in a bath while they took drugs are jailed
- Kelsey Harrison, 28, and Eddo Aziz, 37, were jailed over Elaina Rose Aziz’s death
- Harrison was jailed for five years and Aziz was jailed for 16 months over her death
The parents of a one-year-old girl who died after they left her unsupervised in a bath while they took drugs have been jailed.
Kelsey Harrison, 28, and Eddo Aziz, 37, were jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court for the death of their daughter Elaina Rose Aziz, who suffered a cardiac arrest in August 2020.
Harrison was jailed for five years after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter and gross negligence, child cruelty and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with an unrelated offence.
And Aziz was jailed for 16 months after he admitted child cruelty at a previous hearing but will only serve half his sentence.
The pair denied wrongdoing but toxicology tests proved they had left Elaina in the bath at their home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, while they were under the influence of drugs.
Kelsey Harrison, 28, and Eddo Aziz, 37, were jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court for the death of their daughter Elaina Rose Aziz (pictured), who suffered a cardiac arrest in August 2020
The pair denied wrongdoing but toxicology tests proved they had left Elaina in the bath at their home (pictured) in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, while they were under the influence of drugs
Speaking after today’s sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Teresa McKenna, of Warwickshire Police, said: ‘This has been an utterly tragic and entirely avoidable case. Elaina should have been able to enjoy bath time while under the care of her parents.
‘Both Aziz and Harrison abandoned their responsibility to keep their child safe from harm, ultimately with devastating consequences.
‘Their neglectful actions meant that Elaina lost her life unnecessarily and her death has caused unimaginable suffering for the rest of the family.
‘Thankfully these cases are extremely rare, but nonetheless, it has taken a meticulous and lengthy police investigation to establish what happened that night.
‘I’d like to thank the experts for their insight and dedication to getting the right outcome for Elaina and her family.’
Relatives paid tribute to Elaina and called her their ‘perfect little miracle’ who was ‘adored’ by all.
In a statement, the family said: ‘Our whole family is absolutely heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our beautiful baby girl, Elaina Rose.
‘She was enormously loved and adored by us all; she was our daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter and niece.
‘Elaina only ever knew happiness and our love and devotion. Elaina was our little miracle, perfect in every way, and the most loved and adored little princess there could ever be.
‘She was beautiful inside and out, with her bouncy soft curls in her masses of hair and the longest of eyelashes.
‘Her smile was enough to melt anyone’s heart, and her giggle was so infectious. She was always a happy little girl who loved learning to sing and sign with Mr Tumble and her nightly snuggles with Pepe Nana watching Moon and Me.
‘She had lots of adventures out in the countryside. She loved listening to the birdies sing and the wind in the trees.
‘She will forever be in our hearts and minds and will travel with us wherever we may venture until we meet again. Goodnight baby girl.
‘She was given by God as a pure gift and taken back into his loving arms; she was too angelic to be in this world.’
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