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|Mother spared jail for baby death
||Mother spared jail for baby death
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|A mother who started a fire in which her four-month-old son died has been spared jail at Newcastle Crown Court.||A mother who started a fire in which her four-month-old son died has been spared jail at Newcastle Crown Court.|
Danielle Wails had claimed she was tied up by intruders who started the fire at her Newcastle home in August 2005.
She denied the murder of Alexander Gallon but her guilty plea to infanticide was accepted at Newcastle Crown Court.
The 22-year-old was given a three-year community order with a period of supervision and other requirements.
Paul Sloan QC, prosecuting, said the opinion of two psychiatrists was that the balance of her mind was disturbed when the incident occurred.
|Alexander Gallon was pronounced dead in hospital||Alexander Gallon was pronounced dead in hospital|
Consultant psychiatrist Adrian East told the court he was satisfied Wails was suffering from post-natal depression and had been diagnosed with the symptoms in the months before the killing.
On Monday, the court heard Wails had started the fire in the Cowgate area of Newcastle to try to win back the baby's father Robert Gallon, from whom she had split after a series of rows.
The court heard Wails had claimed she was not supported by health and social services staff but records showed she had missed some appointments and that efforts to contact her had proved futile.
Wails told people that Alexander was ill and needed hospital treatment, which proved to be lies.
|After Alexander's death, it emerged Wails had bombarded Mr Gallon and his family with phone calls and texts in a reconciliation bid.||After Alexander's death, it emerged Wails had bombarded Mr Gallon and his family with phone calls and texts in a reconciliation bid.|
Mr Sloan said: "There were many other false claims. It would seem that the underlying purpose behind these false claims was to win back her partner's sympathies and support.
"She was also bombarding people with calls to find out where Robert Gallon was. She clearly wanted him to return to her."