A “playful and loving” three-year-old toddler died after reportedly taking her drug dealer dad’s cocaine.
The young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had a heart attack after ingesting the Class A substance.
A judge has ruled that the tragedy did occur after the tot’s parents blamed each other for her death, The Sun reports.
The squabbling parents were blasted by the judge over the “needless and avoidable death”.
The toddler, known only as K, was taken to hospital ion April last year with suspected sepsis or meningitis.
But when doctors ran post-mortem tests it was revealed that she had cocaine in her blood stream.
Social services swopped in and took four other children out of the care of the girl’s parents.
K’s father accused his partner of leaving drugs in a bedroom drawer whilst she pointed the finger at him for exposing their other children to illegal substances.
Mr Justice Williams, a High Court Judge, was asked to rule over the tragedy.
He found that K’s dad had brought cocaine into the mother’s house in “connection to drug-related activities”.
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According to The Sun, he said: “It seems most probable that the cocaine that K ingested was present in the mother’s home as a result of father having brought it onto the premises and having processed it in some way in an area which the children would have access to.
"Precisely where in the house and all the circumstances in which K came to ingest it, I do not consider that it can be determined.
"However, my conclusion that it was the father's drug which was carelessly left in the mother’s home and there ingested by K is where responsibility ultimately lies."
K’s mother was also blasted for turning a blind eye to her parter’s illegal drug dealing.
The judge added: “It seems most probable that she turned a blind eye or persuaded herself that sufficient precautions were being taken to protect the children. This was to kid herself.”
Mr Justice Williams described K as a “playful, cheeky and loving” little girl.
He said the toddler, who is understood to have lived in London, had “all of her life to live”.
The judge added: “If ever there was a lesson of the perils of drug misuse this provides it.”
The death has led to an investigation by The Met Police.
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