Toddler died of Methadone overdose, Social Workers failed
So, I’ll admit that I may have watched one or two episodes of the Steve Wilkos show in my life. Judge me if you will, but something about that bald headed, chair throwing, polyester-clad ape is moderately endearing to me. Maybe it’s the fact that he puts up with about as little bullshit as I do from lowlifes who neglect or abuse their children. Maybe it’s due in part to his vast repertoire of hideous bowling shirts. I’m not sure. One characteristic of Steve’s show that I quite enjoy is the fact that if you’re accused of wrongdoing against a child or spouse, he refuses to let you sit down. As a general rule, he’ll tell his guests “If you haven’t made your child comfortable, then why should you be comfortable on my stage?” – Though not necessarily in those words. One particular episode that stands out in my memory featured a really classy mother who called Steve for help because she was “afraid her boyfriend was abusing her child”. It turns out he was – both physically and sexually – and that she had at least some prior knowledge of it. The bio father actually made an appearance too, hollering and flailing, until it was revealed that he paid no child support and rarely saw his son. Thus, the episode was rightfully entitled “Nobody Deserves to Sit”. Sadly, the same principle applies to the story of little Jayden Lee Green.
Beautiful blue eyed baby Jayden was found dead in his parents’ bed a month shy of his second birthday. At a time when he should have been discovering toy trains, finger painting, and learning the joy of puddle jumping, he was being fed drugs in a filthy hovel by his neglectful parents Jamie Green and Sonia Britton. Adding insult to injury, child protection agencies were aware of a potential risk to Jayden even before he was born. It seems the birthing bitch Sonia Britton was fond of heroin. Surprised? Me neither. In fact, she enjoyed the drug so much that she continued to inject it regularly during her pregnancy with Jayden. When child welfare agencies caught wind of the “alleged” drug use, they made Jayden Lee the subject of a child protection plan upon his birth. Apparently, the agency wasn’t too interested in protecting baby Jayden, since the plan was soon discontinued. A second plan was initiated, but Jayden was never removed from his parents’ clutches. In another brilliant display of heroism from Britain’s social services, officials scratched their heads as Green and Britton falsified information, failed to co-operate and continued to use drugs right under their noses. The pair later admitted they “knew some tricks to get around screening”. Combined with the moronic nature of British officials (think Baby P case) the neglectful junkies’ deception led to the eventual death of their baby boy.
Here are some excerpts from what I like to refer to as the “failure report”:
“What was lacking was the authoritative challenge to this lack of co-operation, there was a lack of enforcement of consequences. There was a lack of challenge by practitioners across the range of agencies. The extent of the parents’ lack of engagement, avoidance and dishonesty grew over time and although this was recognized by practitioners there was insufficient challenge by professional and no sustained, planned approach to protecting the child.”
The report specifically states, referring to Jayden as “Child K”, that his death could have been avoided entirely:
“The only way that Child K’s death would definitely have been prevented was if he had been placed away from his parents. The opportunity to do this was lost due to the failure to follow through on the initiation of care proceedings. However, a better-planned and authoritative approach to the family may also have prevented his death.”
Nice, well a fuckload of good that does now – and I have no doubt that the same blundering idiocy will be applied when handling the next at-risk child. Once again, British child protective agencies demonstrate to the world that they don’t give a flying goat fuck about children.
The report later detailed that Jayden Lee had suffered head injuries at 7 weeks and 11 weeks, for which the same explanation was given, and had also sustained injuries to his face and 21 and 23 months at which point the excuse was again re-used. Britton and Green are accused of murdering little Jayden Lee by force-feeding him methadone in order to keep him sedated. Fucking fuck. Because they were neglectful bastards and they’d rather get high and pass out in a puddle of drool than play with their healthy, active almost-two-year-old boy. The fact that this bitch was somehow, by the grace of God, given a healthy baby despite her abuse of the fetus should have woken her up to her second chance at life and motherhood. But instead, she and her sperm snake continued to ignore the fact that they were parents, not cleaning their apartment or going to work, lying to officials and abusing and poisoning their baby.
After a three week trial at Bristol Crown Court, Green was convicted of manslaughter and causing cruelty to a child and jailed for nine years. The jury cleared Britton of manslaughter but convicted her of child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of a child. She was jailed for four years.
I am so fucking done with writing this right now. Four fucking years. I can’t even find words to describe the injustice that was done here.
During the trial, jurors heard the deplorable conditions baby Jayden was subjected to. Bags of garbage on the floor, drug paraphernalia everywhere – including in the baby’s crib – dirty potties left for days. Jurors also heard that the fatal dose of methadone was not the first one that had been given to Jayden.
Failure of social services was again detailed for the jury. “Sonia Britton and Jamie Green were aware that health care professionals, drug workers as well as social services were monitoring their behaviour as well as trying to help them,” prosecutor William Mousley QC told jurors. “They created an image with those professionals that they were looking after Jayden Lee. Of course nobody knew they were giving methadone to Jayden Lee.”
“While both of them cared about Jayden Lee, he was not their priority. They were drug addicts, whose need for drugs came before Jayden Lee.”
Fuck that. No they didn’t. Nobody did. And that’s why nobody deserves to fucking sit.
R.I.P. Jayden Lee
***Special Thanks to Sarea Snow for the write-up.**