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FOUR-YEAR-OLD GIRL DIED AFTER MUM 'PERSUADED HER TO TAKE DRUGS REFERRED TO AS SMARTIES SO SHE CO


The young girl died in hospital after being found lifeless on a sofa

John Rytting, 40, and Michaela Pyke, 37, allegedly spiked Poppy Widdison with keratamine,

methadone and diazepam because they wanted to have sex without being disturbed.

Michaela texted her lover saying, "She can have a blue smarties (diazepam) and go to sleep lol xxx" in a bid to get rid of her "inconvenient " daughter, jurors were told.

The tragic girl died on June 10 2013 at Sheffield Children's Hospital from cardiac arrest but her death remains unexplained the court heard.

It is reported that in the months after Poppy's death, Scientist found five drugs, including heroin and benzodiapines, in her hair but could not explain the cause of death.

Tragic Poppy Widdison was found lifeless on a sofa

Police raided Ryttings flat in Grimsby, Lincs, and found drugs next to the sofa near where Poppy slept.

Prosecutor David Gordon said: “Medical and scientific experts seem to agree that drugs did not contribute to Poppy’s death.

“The prosecution would say that at the very least Pyke was an irresponsible parent.

“Poppy was seen by Pyke as something of a nuisance or encumbrance because the couple wanted to get on with their love life and enjoy each other’s company.”

Pyke has admitted a single charge of cruelty against her daughter.

Mr Gordon told jurors: “It is interesting in the text we say, the prosecution, that this is a reference of diazepam or administrating drugs to sedate the child.

“The words: ‘the one she likes’ suggests it is not a one off but a repeated course of conduct.

“She regarded her own child as a nuisance and interfering with the enjoyment in her own relationship with Mr Rytting.”

A neighbour said Pyke used to call Poppy ‘a little b******’ and saw marks on her arms.

Pyke and Rytting who are no longer together, deny two charges of child cruelty.

Both have admitted a single charge of cruelty against Poppy by assaulting, ill-treating or neglecting her by exposing her to controlled drugs.

Rytting denies a drugs supply charge. Pyke has denied two drug supply charges.

The trial continues.