Chantelle Blake pleads guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility

Chantelle Blake has pleaded guilty, by virtue of diminished responsibility, to the manslaughter of her four-year old daughter Kaiya.

In September 2011, Ms Blake attended a Manchester Accident and Emergency Department with injuries to her arms and wrists, consistent with self-harm.  She told a nurse that she had suffocated her daughter.  Kaiya Blake was later found dead at her home.

Manchester Crown Court heard  that Ms Blake suffered from delusions and  hallucinations at the time of her daughter’s death, and has since been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

In sentencing Ms Blake, Mackay J stated:

“You were thinking in a distorted and deluded way, but you genuinely believed that you were acting to protect your daughter from harm by persons who wished her ill. You thought that because you were mentally ill at the time.”

Ms Blake’s barrister stated that she did not accept that she was mentally ill, but did accept that she was not in her right mind at the time:

“She maintains that she and her daughter were persecuted by her neighbours and she did not, nor has she ever, suffered from delusions or hallucinations… whatever the situation was with all those external factors, she made a grave error in killing her daughter and she will bitterly regret it for the rest of her life.”

It was said that Ms Blake acted out of “love and fear” in order to protect her daughter.

Ms Blake has been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act where she will receive medical treatment.

The case has been widely reported.

Read more about hospital orders here.

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