Mother pleads guilty to murder of her two year old daughter mid-trial

A 20-year-old woman from Stoke-on-Trent has pleaded guilty to the murder of her two-year-old daughter during her trial at Stafford Crown Court.

Cody-Anne Jackson, pictured, was charged with the murder of her daughter, Macey Hogan, at her home address in Packett Street, Fenton, on 10 October 2016.

The trial at Stafford Crown Court was interrupted today (July 11) by a guilty plea entered by Jackson’s counsel.

The court has heard from medical experts and police officers since the trial began on July 3.

On July 7 forensic pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar said that Macey may have died after being smothered or having some pressure applied to her neck.

He told the court the exact cause of Macey’s death had not been ascertained.

The jury was told earlier in the week that Jackson had called 999 to report that her daughter wasn’t breathing. It was alleged that Jackson killed Macey and then tried to take her own life.

Jackson claimed she woke up and found Macey next to her in bed, in between two pillows. She said that Macey’s body was cold.

Dr Kolar said it was impossible to give an exact time of death, but evidence pointed to it being at least 30 minutes before the emergency services were on scene.

Detective Inspector Dan Ison, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Our first thoughts are with Macey and members of her family following this tragic case.

“We welcome this guilty plea, albeit during the trial, but nothing can ever replace Macey. This incident resulted in the dreadful loss of a two-year-old girl who is dearly missed.”

Sentencing at Stafford Crown Court is scheduled for July 27.