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Shock findings from inquest into death of baby who died during mum’s 9-hour sex session with man from bus stop

Yvonne Adkins
Yvonne Adkins

An inquest into the death of a child who was left alone in a crib while her mum had a whiskey fuelled sex marathon with a man she met at a bus stop, has heard that the infant’s parent showed no emotion when paramedics battled to save her child.

32-year-old Yvonne Adkins left her baby Shantelle, who suffered with reflux and vomiting, in a rocker in the downstairs lounge uncovered and dressed only in a tracksuit for nine hours.

Little Shantelle suffered numerous health problems since birth and was due to see a consultant the following month.

The court heard that Adkins met a man known only as Peter at a bus stop two weeks earlier and the two had gone to her home in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, for a boozy sex session.

The next morning she awoke to find her baby dead in the rocker.

Adkins pleaded guilty to cruelty of a child at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday, but was spared jail after being given 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, with 18 months supervision.

Yvonne Adkins

An inquest into the death of baby Shantelle has found that Adkins has been visited by social workers several times in the weeks leading up the tot’s death after they received a top-off from a neighbour.

It also emerged today that Adkin, who has six children with four different men, showed "no emotion" as paramedics battled to save her baby’s life and refused to sit with Shantelle in the back of the ambulance as it rushed her to hospital.

Adkins was called to attend today’s hearing, but claimed that she didn’t know it was on and didn’t want to attend further hearings.

Sylvia Coleman, from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, visited the family after concerns were raised about Adkins allowing her sister with learning difficulties to care for the children.

"I thought maybe she needed some support," Ms Coleman said giving evidence.

"When I found out Shanelle had died I was totally shocked and I came to the hospital.

"Yvonne told me she had fed Shanelle at 5am that morning and fell asleep.

"When she woke up she said Shanelle wasn't breathing. She later told me this wasn't true and she hadn't fed her.

"I interviewed her nine-year-old son with the police the following day.

"He told us he woke up and Shanelle was on the sofa with his sister and that when she woke up the baby wasn't breathing.

"She was co-sleeping with her and he said he could see a blanket was partly on Shanelle's face.

"He said the baby had been sleeping in a chair and his sister took her out because she was crying."

Yvonne Adkins

Paramedic Francine White told the inquest: "Parents usually want to travel in the back of the ambulance to be with their child but she said she didn't want to.

"She didn't want to see her baby. She was on the telephone for 95 per cent of the journey which lasted about 10 minutes.

"She was talking to family and I found what she was saying very odd. I'm a mother and it wouldn't have been what I would have said if I was in that situation.

"I overheard her say: 'I think she's passed away'. It was very matter of fact. There was no emotion.

"The most unusual comments were about how this sort of this sort of thing could happen to babies and how they pull blankets over their heads.

"Her behaviour was very planned and prepared. I would have shown a lot more emotion.

"When we got to the hospital she refused to see her baby.

"I was trying to coax her but as she walked through the foyer she started to cry and she dropped in a heap on the floor."

Adkins pleaded guilty child cruelty and was handed an 18-mont sentence which was suspended for two years.

Sentencing her in August Judge David Fletcher said: "Your desire to engage in some sexual activity with someone you hardly knew resulted in you leaving your child downstairs when you knew it was not appropriate to do that.

"You made a catastrophic decision that you will have to live with for the rest of your life."