Rebecca Lea Denton: Weed-smoking mum who let baby son Alvin die sentenced to ... trends now

Rebecca Lea Denton: Weed-smoking mum who let baby son Alvin die sentenced to ... trends now
Rebecca Lea Denton: Weed-smoking mum who let baby son Alvin die sentenced to ... trends now

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A mum who failed to get medical help for her severely injured baby boy won't spend any time in jail but will serve out her sentence on home detention.

The shocking instance of criminal neglect started when Rebecca Lea Denton came home from coffee with a friend on April 21, 2021 to find her three-week old baby boy Alvin severely injured. 

Her partner, Ashley McGregor, told her that he had knocked over the bassinet with the helpless baby inside, the court was told.

In the following hours, baby Alvin sported a swollen upper lip, failed to feed properly, seemed drowsy and emotionless at bathtime and could not open his left eye.

Judge Rauf Soulio, reading out Denton's sentence at Adelaide District Court on Thursday, said Denton knew her son had suffered a traumatic event, but she 'did not at that stage seek any medical treatment for him'.

Photos from before April 21 showed Alvin 'thriving', but after the alleged incident with Mr McGregor, there was a 'visible change to his condition and state'.

Rebecca Lea Denton (pictured) was sentenced to home detention at Adelaide District Court on Thursday

Rebecca Lea Denton (pictured) was sentenced to home detention at Adelaide District Court on Thursday  

On the afternoon of April 21, Judge Soulio said Alvin's breathing was 'rattly' and in the night he was unsettled and crying and he let out a 'loud squealing cry, as if in pain'.

Then at 4.30am on April 23, Denton heard her baby boy make 'chesty, gargling, grunting noises', but she 'did not seek to wake him', Judge Soulio said.

At 6.30am, Denton found the boy in his bassinet 'cold and unresponsive', the court was told.

She and Mr McGregor took him to a health service shortly after 7am, but medical staff could not revive him.

Medical staff noted bruising to his back and spine, Judge Soulio told the court, and under his left eye.

A post-mortem on Alvin found blunt cerebral trauma to

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