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Saturday, 8 August 2015
Mum who took 'perverse satisfaction' from smothering infant sons caught after hidden camera
Jessica Jones, 22, told doctors her sons had suffered fits after smothering them a total of 10 times before she was caught
A young mum who repeatedly smothered her two young sons then pretended to doctors they had suffered fits has been jailed.
Jessica Jones, now 22, left the boys unconscious before dialling 999, a court heard.
Paramedics found them blue and lifeless, Truro Crown Court was told.
But Jones told doctors the boys had suffered fits and even allowed a heart monitor to be fitted under general anaesthetic so they could try and find out what was wrong.
But she was eventually caught after a hidden camera was installed on a ward at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and she was caught smothering him again.
Jones pleaded guilty to child cruelty against both sons over the space of two years.
She admitted wilfully assaulting, ill treating, neglecting, abandoning or exposing her elder son to unnecessary suffering between February and July 2012.
She also admitted the same offence against her younger son between March and June 2014.
A prosecutor said Jones took a "perverse satisfaction" from smothering the boys who are now aged two and four years of age.
Police even found footage on her mobile phone of one of the boys recovering.
Defence lawyers denied Jones took any satisfaction from her behaviour and said she suffered from depression and a personality disorder.
Judge Simon Carr jailed Jones for six years and also imposed a 15 year long restraining order.
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