Mother pleads guilty to manslaughter of baby boy by letting him drown in the bath

A County Durham mother has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her baby boy who drowned in the bath.

Danielle Massey, 31, also admitted possession of cannabis on the same day her seven-month-old son Charlie Goodall drowned at their home in Chilton in February 2022. Charlie was found unresponsive in the bath when paramedics called police to a house on West Chilton Terrace, Chilton, on February 16, 2022.

The tot was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle but died shortly after arriving. Prosecutor Richard Wright KC told the hearing at Sheffield Crown Court: “There is acceptance of a prolonged period of inattention during which this child died.”

He said: “She should have affixed it to a flat bath, hers is concave, the suction pad wouldn’t properly work. This caused her child to tip over and then drown.”

The case has been adjourned until July 26 to determine whether a Newton hearing is needed over the basis of Massey’s guilty plea.