Mother who murdered toddler in filthy cot set for appeal court date

Declan Hainey, who was murdered by his mother Kimberley Hainey in her hosue in Bruce Road, Paisley, where his body was found rotting in a filthy cot.
Declan Hainey: The 23-month-old boy was found dead in his cot.

A mother who murdered her toddler son and left his body in his filthy cot for months has a court date in her attempt to overturn her conviction.

Kimberley Hainey was found guilty of killing her 23-month-old son Declan after leaving him alone in her house for days at a time.

The former drug addict claimed during her six-week trial that she found her baby son dead in his cot one morning and did not tell anyone about it as she was so traumatised.

She was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years last January for the murder.

At the High Court in Glasgow in December 2011, a jury took four hours to convict Hainey of assaulting, wilfully ill-treating and neglecting her son Declan over a 19-month period between September 1, 2008 and March 30, 2010.

The 37-year-old neglected the toddler on multiple occasions, leaving him home alone in wet and dirty nappies while his mother went out with friends or stayed at her boyfriend's house for days at a time. She was also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by pretending Declan was still alive.

Her appeal against conviction will be heard at the Court of Criminal Appeal on January 15 this year.

Experts told the trial that the state of Declan’s "mummified" body meant it was not possible to say when the boy died or what was the cause of death. During the trial Hainey argued that Declan died from cot death and that the prosecution were not able to prove differently.

Following Declan's death at Hainey's flat in Bruce Road, Paisley, sometime after July 2009, his mother did not contact emergency services, instead leaving the youngster's body lying in his cot to rot. When he was eventually found months later his decomposed body was fused to the plastic mattress surrounded by empty vodka bottles and food packaging.