February 2021

Mother, 21, admits killing her eight-month-old baby girl 

A woman from Blackpool has admitted the manslaughter of her baby girl, who died of suffocation.

Caitlin Jones, 21, of Willowbank Avenue in Blackpool, was initially charged with the murder of her infant daughter Francesca Haworth.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday

Eight-month-old Francesca died in hospital after she was found unresponsive by the ambulance service at an address in Frederick Street, Blackpool, on 7 November 2018.

A Home Office post-mortem found the cause of her death was suffocation.

Jones was charged with murder in July last year, but her plea of guilty to manslaughter was accepted following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, the police spokesman said.

She was released on bail and will be sentenced in June.