Image caption Kathryn Smith wasted 30 a week on cannabis, a court was tell, which was allegedly paid for through her child benefits

A woman accused of fatally stomping on her daughter use the money she received in benefits to fund her cannabis wont, national courts heard.

Kathryn Smith said she received 52 a few weeks in income support, some of which was used to buy the Class B substance.

Jurors previously heard she was concerned 21 -month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith may have had a seizure after taking drugs kept at the house.

Ms Smith and ex-partner Matthew Rigby both repudiate murder.

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The toddler, known as AJ, died in 2014 at the couple’s flat in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

Under questioning from attorneys, Ms Smith, 23, said she did not initially tell doctors considering Ayeeshia over her panics she had accessed narcotics because she feared they would think she was “a bad mother”.

She also said she did not tell police about the medicines being at home because she knew the latter are illegal.

A quantity of cannabis worth 30 was found inside a Tommee Tippee plastic goblet at the property on Britannia Drive after Ayeeshia’s death but Ms Smith said her daughter did not use the bowl as it was broken.

Image caption Ayeeshia Jane Smith was 21 months age-old when she died in May 2014

The court listened a senior social worker had reported receiving Ms Smith, of Sandfield Road, Nottingham, examining “spaced out” during a home visit a few weeks prior to Ayeeshia’s collapse, although her daughter has not been able to been in the house at the time.

Two social workers had tried to conduct an on-the-spot stimulants pursuing at the flat on 17 April 2014, daylights before Ayeeshia died, after reeking cannabis, but Ms Smith refused to comply.

Text contents made by Ms Smith to Mr Rigby and her mothers were mentioned by the prosecution, including one where she threatened her papa on the day Ayeeshia died.

Christopher Hotten QC, prosecuting, said the letter established her in a bad temper “on the day somebody killed your daughter in anger”.

However, Ms Smith said: “Nobody was enraged on that day, or the day before that , none was being angry that day.”

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court previously heard her death was stimulated when her soul was torn by a forceful stamp.

Medical experts said the traumata were normally only considered to be in automobile gate-crash victims or people who have fallen off buildings.

The trial continues.


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