...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Tragedy struck in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, as one-year-old Elaina Rose Aziz lost her life after being left unsupervised in a bath while her parents indulged in drugs.
Elaina was discovered in a “seriously unwell” condition at a residence on Top Knot Close on August 6, 2020.
She suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital, where she sadly passed away shortly after.
Elaina’s parents, Eddo Aziz and Kelsey Harrison, were subsequently arrested in connection with her death.
Parents Found Guilty
Initially denying any wrongdoing, both Aziz, 37, and Harrison, 28, faced charges related to Elaina’s tragic demise.
However, toxicology tests revealed that they had left their daughter in the bath while under the influence of drugs.
Aziz pleaded guilty to child cruelty during a previous court hearing and was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Harrison, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter by gross negligence, child cruelty, and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with an unrelated offense.
She was sentenced to five years in prison.
Aziz was informed that he would serve half of his sentence, while Harrison would be released after serving two-thirds of her jail term.
Detective Chief Inspector Teresa McKenna’s Response
Detective Chief Inspector Teresa McKenna of Warwickshire Police expressed the utter tragedy and avoidability of the case.
Elaina should have been able to enjoy bath time under the care of her parents, but instead, they neglected their responsibility to keep her safe from harm, resulting in devastating consequences.
Elaina’s unnecessary death has caused unimaginable suffering for her family.
The investigation into the incident required meticulous and extensive police work, and McKenna thanked the experts for their dedication and contribution to achieving the right outcome for Elaina and her family.
Heartbreaking Tribute from Relatives
Following Elaina’s untimely death, her relatives shared a heartbreaking tribute to their “perfect little miracle.”
They conveyed the profound grief and devastation experienced by the entire family over the loss of their beautiful baby girl.
Elaina was cherished and adored as a daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and niece.
Her loved ones described her as a perfect miracle, exuding happiness and surrounded by their love and devotion.
Elaina’s joyful smile, infectious giggle, and innocent nature left an indelible mark on their hearts.
The tribute painted a picture of her curiosity, love for learning, and enchantment with the world around her.
Elaina’s family expressed that she will forever reside in their hearts and minds until they meet again, bidding her goodnight as she returns to God’s loving embrace, too angelic for this world.
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