Parents jailed for feeding daughter heroin.

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Poppy Widdison was fed drugs because she was seen as an inconvenience (Picture: PA)
A mother and her ex-partner who fed her four-year-old daughter sedatives because she was an ‘inconvenience’ to their relationship have been jailed for child cruelty.
Drug dealers Michala Pyke and John Rytting allowed Poppy Widdison to eat drugs, including diazapam, heroin, methadone and ketamine, for up to six months before her death in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. Poppy died in June 2013 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Rytting’s ‘squalid’ home , where prescription and controlled drugs were ‘left lying around’.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Pyke she was ‘utterly unfit to be a mother’ and said to the pair: ‘You both bear huge responsibility for blighting the life of a pretty, vivacious little girl.’
The judge described how Poppy was born a heroin addict and existed in a ‘swamp of drug addiction’, and how her mother had a ‘deplorable attitude’ towards an ‘innocent infant’.
Pyke and Rytting were both jailed for 13 years at Hull Crown Court today.
A trial heard that text messages between the pair talked about Poppy having a ‘blue Smartie’ – believed to be a reference to the sedative diazepam, in the form of a blue tablet – and going to sleep.
FILE PICTURE - Michala Pyke. See ROSS PARRY story RPYDEATH; A mother and her ex-partner accused of feeding drugs to her four-year-old daughter have been found guilty. The three-week trial at Hull Crown Court has heard that Michala Pyke and John Rytting encouraged the young girl to eat sedatives because they felt she was an inconvenience to their relationship. Poppy Widdison died in June 2013 after suffering a cardiac arrest at drug dealer Rytting's "squalid" home in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. Pyke told Hull Crown Court, East Yorks., that she "wasn't involved" in feeding diazepam to Poppy and instead suspected her then partner, John Rytting, 40, who also denies child cruelty, of the act. Prosecutor David Gordon asked Pyke - who admitted "putting heroin over" her little girl - why she did not think to tell police about her supposed suspicions about Rytting and that Poppy's tongue was "all blue" from diazepam.
David Gordon, prosecuting, told the jury: ‘We say Pyke and Rytting, the defendants, are just wanting to get on with their love life, wanting to enjoy each other’s company, and it may be this young girl was something of an encumbrance.
‘It’s apparent from the text messages that Miss Pyke viewed Poppy as an inconvenience, who she felt was in the way with regards her relationship with Mr Rytting.’
An ambulance was called to Rytting’s home in Oliver Court on June 9 2013, where Poppy was found to be ‘unresponsive, blue and not breathing’.
She was taken to hospital but died the next day.
Pyke, who had been in a relationship with Rytting for around nine months, was in the process of moving into his home with Poppy at the time.
She was found dead at John Rytting’s squalid home (Picture: Ross Parry)
A post-mortem examination could not establish a cause of death but toxicology tests carried out on her blood and hair found various drugs, and showed the young girl had been exposed to and had ingested significant amounts of heroin and methadone for a period of between two and six months before her death.

The drugs did not contribute to Poppy’s death but experts agreed there was a ‘long period of ill-treatment and neglect by the grossly-inappropriate administration of various drugs to the child by the defendant.
John Rytting (39) appearing at Hull Crown Court. November 28, 2016. The trial of two people charged with child cruelty after the tragic death of Poppy Widdison is due to take place today at Hull Crown Court, November 28, 2016. See ROSS PARRY story RPYDEATH. Michala Pyke, the mother of four-year-old Poppy, and John Rytting are accused of child cruelty towards the girl between March 1 and June 9, 2013, by neglecting her. Pyke, 37, and Rytting, 39, face a number of other separate charges ñ including possessing cannabis with intent to supply between March and June 2013 and being concerned in supplying buprenorphine, temazepam, diazepam and methandienone between March and June 2013.
Both  defendants were sentenced for child cruelty by allowing Poppy to be accommodated in a house where prescribed and controlled drugs were unsecured and within reach of the child and by encouraging her to ingest prescription and/or controlled drugs.
Pyke, 37, also faced sentencing for child cruelty by emotional abuse, after neighbours heard her shouting at Poppy, threatening her and calling her a ‘little bastard’, possession of methadone with intent to supply and supplying the same drug.
Rytting, 40, was also sentenced for importing drugs, two counts of supplying controlled drugs and one count of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
 

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