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Young mother who smothered daughter aged two admits murder

Cody-Anne Jackson will be sentenced on July 27 at Stafford Crown Court.

A young mother who smothered her two-year-old daughter at their home has admitted murder part-way through a Crown Court trial.

Cody-Anne Jackson had denied killing Macey Hogan after sending the toddler’s father a photo of her and a message reading: “Sorry, just thought you deserved one last picture and memory of her.”

The 20-year-old, of Packett Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, will be sentenced on Thursday July 27 at Stafford Crown Court.

Opening the case against Jackson at the start of the trial, prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC said a suicide note written by Jackson was found after she called 999 on the morning of October 10 last year.

The court heard Jackson, who was socially isolated and had a history of self harm, was angry and resentful towards Macey’s father after the breakdown of their relationship.

Mr Hankin told jurors that police smashed their way into Jackson’s terraced home after she told emergency controllers she appeared to have been stabbed.

Jackson was then seen by a doctor who found she had three superficial stab wounds but no significant injuries.

Mr Hankin said of Macey: “The prosecution case is the defendant deliberately smothered Macey.

“The defendant acted on her stated intention to kill Macey but failed to follow through with her suicide. It is that simple.”

Commenting after the trial, Detective Inspector Dan Ison, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Our first thoughts are with Macey and members of her family following this tragic case.

“We welcome this guilty plea, albeit during the trial, but nothing can ever replace Macey. This incident resulted in the dreadful loss of a two-year-old girl who is dearly missed.”

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