Mom who hid boy's body gets 15 years

Jan. 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM
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GLASGOW, Scotland, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A woman was sentenced Thursday to at least 15 years in a Scottish prison for causing her toddler son's death and hiding his body for months.

Kimberley Hainey, 37, was given a life term for killing her son, Declan, and a concurrent seven-year sentence for perverting the course of justice, the Daily Record of Glasgow reported. The judge, Lord Stephen Woolman, had harsh words for her.

"Declan's first birthday took place in April 2009. He appeared to have all his life in front of him," the judge said. "He was surrounded by a loving family and people thought you were a loving mother. A few months later he was dead."

Investigators were unable to determine when Declan died or what killed him. He was last seen alive when he was about 15 months old, and his body was "mummified" when it was found eight months later March 2010 in Hainey's squalid apartment in Paisley, near Glasgow.

The jury found that Hainey's neglect and mistreatment caused the boy's death.

Investigators said Hainey sold her son's possessions and spent the money on heroin, and then lied to keep social workers and health officers away.

During the trial, Hainey denied killing her son.

"I was branded a monster mother. It's not true," she said. "He was not murdered. He was not given drugs. I never did anything to harm my son. He was the most precious thing in my life."

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