A British mother allegedly sedated her daughter with numerous toxic and illicit drugs, eventually killing her, so as not to inconvenience her love life.
Michala Pyke, 37, and her partner, John Rytting, 40, filled her “squalid” house with drugs. Pyke and Rytting are both accused of abusing Pyke’s daughter, Poppy Widdison, 4, who died in June 2013 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The coroner found injuries including bruising on her buttocks, upper arms and the backs of her thighs. However, the cause of her death has not been concluded, reports Mirror Online.
An autopsy report concluded the little girl had swallowed various drugs for up to six months before her death. Those drugs included sedatives, heroin, methadone and ketamine.
Text messages between the pair allegedly referenced the girl taking a “blue Smartie” and going to sleep.
Although the pair is pleading innocent to child abuse, they admit emotional abuse to Poppy.
Rytting denies possessing cannabis with intent to supply and Pyke denies possessing methadone with intent to supply, according to the Grimsby Telegraph.
However, Rytting confessed to fraudulently importing Temazepam between July 1, 2011, and June 9, 2013.
David Gordon, the prosecutor in the case, addressed the courtroom:
In text messages in the last week of Poppy Widdison’s life, Mr. Rytting and Miss Pyke are referring to getting some diazepam tablets ready to give to Poppy in order to, we say, to sedate her.
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.
[Pyke] regarded her child, her own daughter, as something of a nuisance and interfering with Miss Pyke’s enjoyment of her relationship with Mr. Rytting.