Toddler couple remanded in custody

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The mother of a two-year-old girl who swallowed methadone before her death has appeared in court.

Mother-of-three Michelle King, 29, of Jameson Street, Blackpool, was remanded in custody by resort magistrates for her own safety.

King appeared in the dock dressed in a green parka-style jacket and wept throughout the proceedings.

A court was told on Saturday morning that feelings about the case were running high and there had been threats made against King and her co-accused, Barry Jones, 41.

They are both charged with causing or allowing the death of Sophie Jones by an unlawful act.

The toddler died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Tuesday and Police have confirmed Sophie had the heroin substitute drug Methadone in her body when she died.

Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, successfully applied for the duo to be remanded in custody saying that it was required for the couple’s own safety.

Magistrates sent their cases direct to Preston Crown Court where they will appear on March 27.

Lawyers who appeared for the couple did not apply for bail.

The solicitors said their clients denied the offence.