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24 April 2017, 18:09
Wayne Dale and his ex-partner Lisa Passey were found guilty after trial of the manslaughter by gross negligence of Kian Dale.
The parents of a 13-month-old boy who drowned after they left him unsupervised in the bath have been jailed.
45 year old Wayne Dale, formerly of Kyreside in Tenbury Wells, was jailed at Worcester Crown Court on Monday for four-and-a-half years.
Passey, 28, also of Kyreside, was handed a four-year sentence for her part in failing to supervise the boy.
The youngster had been left unsupervised in a bath seat in an upstairs bathroom for at least 13 minutes while the couple were downstairs.
A family member of Wayne Dale spoke to Heart outside Worcester Crown Court:
During their two-week trial, a jury heard Passey had been sitting in the back garden enjoying the sunshine and drinking coffee with a friend, while Dale was ``socialising, listening to music and using his computer''.
Jonas Hankin QC, opening the prosecution's case, said: "When, finally, Wayne Dale went upstairs to the bathroom, baby Kian had drowned.
"He was found lying over the back of the bath seat with his head and upper body immersed."
Also shown in court was Kian's bath seat, clearly marked: "Warning: Prevent drowning - always keep baby within arms' reach."
Following their sentencing, Emily Lenham, senior crown prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Both defendants were fully aware that Kian, their 13-month-old child, had been left unsupervised in a bath full of water.
"This was not an isolated occurrence. During their trial, it was established that the couple routinely left Kian alone while he was in the bath.
"On this occasion, he was left for nearly 15 minutes while both parents were downstairs socialising.
"The death of Kian Dale was tragic and completely avoidable."