Robyn Andrews-English was found cold and lifeless in the bath by her mother
Jasmine Gregory, 24, was jailed after being convicted of manslaughter
Today, appeal court judges upped her ‘lenient’ sentence by 50 per cent
It was revealed that the authorities had taken Robyn into care at the age of just four months old but had later replaced the little girl back with Gregory
Jasmine Gregory, 24, from Oxford, left her baby, Robyn Andrews-English, in the bath alone for at least 10 minutes
A young mother, whose 14-month old baby died as she drank cider downstairs, has had her ‘soft’ sentenced increased by 18 months.
Jasmine Gregory, 24, from Oxford, left her baby, Robyn Andrews-English, in the bath alone for at least 10 minutes.
Little Robyn drowned at their home, while her mother was downstairs drinking cider.
Gregory was jailed for three years in November after being convicted of manslaughter.
Her case reached London’s Appeal Court today as lawyers for the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, urged three judges to increase her ‘unduly lenient’ sentence to four-and-a-half years.
The court heard Gregory had tolerated a ‘chaotic lifestyle’ and was drinking cider when Robyn had her bath.
Just before the infant’s death, neighbours saw Gregory running down the street in panic – asking if anyone had seen Robyn.
The judge who sentenced her described the case as ‘tragic and wholly avoidable’, but condemned her conduct as ‘wholly wrong and atrocious’.
Lady Justice Rafferty, sitting with Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing and Mr Justice Fraser, accepted that Gregory’s sentence was far too light.
Upping her jail term to four and a half years, she said the original punishment ‘failed to reflect the gravity of the offence’.
While there was always ‘room for compassion’, Gregory’s case simply deserved a stiffer sentence.
The fact that Gregory ran down the road calling for Robyn ‘makes plain that she forgot where her child was – that is in the bath’, said the judge.
‘Finally, she was in drink,’ she added.
‘This sentence was unduly lenient and we quash it. We substitute a term of four and a half years,’ the judge concluded.
Gregory forgot she had left 14-month-old Robyn Andrews-English in the adult-sized bath after drinking alcohol at their home
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the authorities had taken Robyn into care at the age of just four months old but had later replaced the little girl back with Gregory.
The mother was known to have an alcohol problem, different men in her home and was given intensive parenting help by agencies. However, the help could have masked the problems in the household, a review into the case revealed.
In conclusion the report said that there was a series of missed opportunities in saving the baby girl when she lived in Wantage, Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board’s (OSCB) review into the death of Robyn – named Child Q in the report -on August 7, 2014, found agencies could not have prevented her death but highlighted areas of improvement in the system.
The report revealed the child was put into emergency foster care just a year before Gregory left her to drown in the bath after concerns over neglect.
However, she was returned to her mother and several incidents were described in the report as ‘missed opportunities’ for a joint investigation between Child Social Care and Thames Valley Police.
Ultimately the report showed the mother was given intensive support by children’s services in the county but demonstrated little change in parenting behaviour with alcohol abuse and new men in the house putting her at risk.
The report also said this intensive support could have ‘inadvertently masked parenting deficits and the potential harm to the child.’