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Published On: Sat, Feb 2nd, 2013

Natalie McMillan sentenced after pleading guilty in death of infant, crushed under TV while she was on heroin

The mother of a baby boy who died after a TV toppled onto him has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Natalie McMillan, age 25, pleaded guilty to child cruelty in the Kian McMillan case who died December 6, 2011.

A call for ambulance services was made by the mother claiming that her television had toppled onto her baby. She told the ambulance operator he had a lump on his forehead and would not take his milk.

Paramedics found Kian unconscious and took him to Royal Blackburn Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. He had received serious head injuries and doctors were unable to save him.

At the time of the incident, Natalie McMillan was heavily under the influence of heroin, valium and alcohol.

Detective Inspector Mark Rothwell from Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team said:

“This is a tragic case in which a four-month-old baby has lost his life in the most tragic of circumstances.

“Natalie McMillan was in no fit state to look after Kian that night and this should serve as a warning to people and highlight the most serious of consequences of caring for children, especially young babies, whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.

“From the moment Natalie McMillan dialled 999 to her sentencing, she has shown absolutely no remorse and will now have a period in custody to reflect on her actions and the impact that drugs have had on her life.”

She had denied she had been under the influence of drugs when her son died but tests later showed she had taken heroin and diazepam.

McMillan was cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence as part of the plea deal, although Judge Russell said he was satisfied it was McMillan who moved the television.

Kian McMillan

Kian McMillan

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