Junkie is worst mum in Britain
- From: "MCP" <gf010w5035@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 08:29:03 +0100
A FURIOUS coroner has branded a junkie mother irresponsible - after her three
babies were born addicted to heroin.
Stanley Hooper hit out after hearing Michaela Mullen's daughter Chelsey was
killed by a massive heart attack aged three months.
Another of her children is thought to be in care. And Mullen was not at the
inquest into Chelsey - because she was in hospital after a THIRD birth.
Yesterday she admitted she had not even realised that she was pregnant.
Mr Hooper fumed: "This little girl's life was gravely prejudiced by the
behaviour of her mother.
"She keeps producing children who are addicted to heroin.
"We live in a society where the European Convention on Human Rights entitles
everyone to get married and have a family.
"Michaela Mullen has not bothered to get married but keeps doing her best to
have a family while she's taking heroin."
Mr Hooper said there was nothing that social services could have done to
prevent Mullen having children.
He added: "Neither I nor anyone else can do anything about that. But I can say
that no responsible person would conceive children while she was a heroin
The inquest in Doncaster, South Yorks, heard Chelsey spent the first six weeks
of her pitiful life in hospital and was living with foster parents when she
She had been unresponsive from birth, never blinking or moving her head.
She had suffered from diarrhoea and vomiting - classic signs of heroin
Her tiny body was ravaged by a stomach bug and her heart failed.
Doctors in Rotherham failed to revive her and Chelsey was sent to Sheffield
She was kept alive artificially but finally her life support machine was
Mullen was allowed to cradle the tot before she died.
Pathologist Dr Marta Cohen said the heart attack was so serious she had only
ever seen one similar case in a child so young.
Mr Hooper ruled that death was from natural causes.
He had heard that Mullen has admitted using heroin and drinking while
Rotherham Council is carrying out an investigation into the baby's death in
January last year.
A neighbour said: "It's shocking - she's just had another baby girl and we
understand that one is also not well. She walks around in the streets in her
pyjamas. This woman is a disgrace."
But Mullen, who gave birth two weeks ago, shrugged off the coroner's remarks
yesterday when her 51-year-old boyfriend David Essex drove her from hospital
in a red Robin Reliant.
She was clutching a bag of medication as she arrived with part-time delivery
driver Mr Essex - the father of her first two children - at their home on the
outskirts of Rotherham.
Mullen claimed the effects of heroin stopped her realising she was pregnant
with her babies. She said: "I'm off drugs now. I've been on a course of
methadone and am hoping to stay off them.
"As for what the coroner has said, I didn't know I was pregnant. I didn't have
any periods when I was on drugs. I'm not saying anything else. I don't want to
talk about it."
"Any positive future has a lot to learn from the best of the past."
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