Drug addict mother jailed for killing her toddler son with methadone to ‘knock him out so she could smoke crack’ died of an overdose just a month after she was released from prison
- Mother killed boy when she gave him heroin replacement to make him sleep
- She was jailed for manslaughter but was released after just over two years
- Inquest hears she died from an overdose shortly after she was freed from jail
A drug-addicted mother who killed her toddler son after giving him methadone to ‘knock him out’ so she could smoke crack died of an overdose after her release from prison, an inquest heard.
Kelly Emery had only been freed from jail a month before she was found face down on the floor of her boyfriend’s bedroom in Maidstone in October.
Emery, 37, originally from Birmingham, had served a little over two years of a six-year jail sentence for the manslaughter of son Fenton Hogan, two.
Kelly Emery, who killed her son Fenton Hogan (right) by giving him methadone, died of an overdose after serving a prison term for the killing, her inquest has heard
She refused to give evidence at her trial, insisting she had not her child the drug but was negligent in leaving bottles of it ‘lying around’ her house.
But she was found to have deliberately given the toddler the heroin substitute to make him sleep and convicted of manslaughter.
Fenton had no obvious injuries when he was brought to hospital but blood samples showed he had as much of the drug on his system as an adult on methadone maintenance therapy.
Hair samples showed in the months before his death, he had ingested the drug on at least two other occasions.
Emery was given a concurrent 12-month prison sentence after admitting gross neglect of Fenton by allowing him access to methadone in March 2015.
But she was cleared of giving him methadone on two other occasions before his death in July 2013.
Hair samples from the youngster showed he had ingested the drug before his death
Her inquest, which was opened and adjourned in Maidstone this week, heard paramedics twice revived her after she suffered a cardiac arrest on October 12.
But she had a third attack in the ambulance on the way to hospital. A post mortem found she had died from morphine toxicity.
Coroner Kate Thomas adjourned the inquest until March.
Speaking after her death earlier this year, Fenton’s father Michael Hogan told MailOnline: ‘I’m happy. It’s made me feel better.’
Explaining how he heard the news of his son’s death while still in prison himself, Mr Hogan added: ‘She ruined my life. He was my first child and he died when I was in prison so it makes me feel better that she had a hard time inside.’
Emery had served a little over two years of a six-year jail sentence for the manslaughter