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Domestic violence victim jailed for trying to kill her 2-year old son

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A desperate mum who tried to kill her two-year-old son during lockdown has been jailed for four years.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how the mum tried to take her own life, as she was afraid the boy's father, with whom there was a history of domestic violence, would try to make contact once lockdown ended.

The mum, who can't be named for legal reasons, had devised a method to kill both herself and the toddler at their home in South Lincolnshire.

However, the court heard how when the boy started to cry, she suddenly changed her mind after half an hour and instead rang for help, Lincolnshire Live reports.

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She and her son were then driven to Peterborough City Hospital and on the journey, she dialled 999.

Sarah Knight, prosecuting, told the court: "At the hospital the defendant told the nurses what she had done.

"She said she had taken the boy with her because when she died there would be no-one to look after him. She said she wanted to kill herself as she was scared and worried about the boy’s dad.

"She said that when the boy started to cry she couldn’t go on with it.

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“She was calm and collected and showed little sign of emotion.”

Miss Knight said that the boy was treated at hospital but was found to have no ill-effects from what happened.

The mum admitted a charge of attempted murder as a result of the incident on May 7 this year.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told the woman: "You reported the relationship with the boy’s father as being deeply unpleasant with him being very controlling.

John McNally, in mitigation, said the woman was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2019.

He told the court: "Her relationship with the father was an altogether unhappy relationship. There were threats of violence, harassment and sexual violence.

"At the end of the relationship you lived in a refuge for a time.

"This was against a background of domestic violence perpetrated by the boy’s father towards you."

"Before lockdown the father was spending supervised time with the boy.

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"That ended with lockdown. But in May 2020 she believed that as lockdown eased the time the father spent with the boy would resume."

He said the woman had taken responsibility for what she did and has since shown remorse.

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