The parents of a baby are to stand trial accused of exposing him to illicit drugs before he later died aged just three months old.
Amy Mary Beck, 31, and Kieran Sievwright, 24, are charged with wilfully ill-treating Olly-James Sievwright – listed as their “son” – at a property in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
It is said they did act in a manner likely to cause the baby “un-necessary suffering or injury to health”.
The charge claims the duo did “cause or permit” controlled drugs – and individuals who were using the substances – to be close to Olly-James.
As a result, it is alleged the child was exposed to Mephedrone and MDMA.
Prosecutors claim Olly-James “ingested” Mephedrone.
Combined with the effects of peritonitis – a stomach infection – the indictment states this resulted in the death of the baby on December 22, 2019.
The charge – under the Children and Young Persons Act – spans from September 17 2019 – when the boy was born – until the date he passed away.
Beck and Sievwright face further accusations of exposing two other children to drugs including one who also ingested Mephedrone.
These charges – under the same act – run between September 1, 2018 and February 15, 2020.
The pair are also accused of being concerned in the supply of Mephedrone at another address in Fraserburgh including to a man, who has since died.
Beck alone is finally charged with possession of cocaine in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
Beck’s lawyer David Moggach said: “She pleads not guilty to the five charges on the indictment.
“Put shortly, we are ready for trial.”
Drew McKenzie, defending Sievwright, said he was also denying the accusations he faces.
Prosecutor Alan Cameron told the hearing he was content for a trial to be fixed adding it “makes sense” to have it in Aberdeen due to witnesses being based in the north east.
Lord Richardson set a trial due to begin in February 2024. The case could last around ten days.
Beck and Sievwright – listed on court papers of separate addresses in Fraserburgh – remain on bail meantime.