Mum whose 18-month-old son died plunging from sixth-floor of Bradford tower block is spared jail — (The Sun)

SSRI Ed note: Woman treated for depression becomes psychotic, throws toddler from 6th-storey killing him, schizophrenia, not antidepressant, blamed.

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The Sun

By Neal Baker

15th June 2018,

Updated: 15th June 2018,

Gemma Procter was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when she threw toddler Elliot from the sixth-storey in Bradford, West Yorks last October. Proctor pleaded guilty to manslaughter with diminished responsibility after her son Elliot’s death in October.

She was convinced that voices in her head were telling her to sacrifice her son, who died from his injuries.

Proctor pleaded guilty to manslaughter with diminished responsibility in April after initially facing a murder charge at Bradford Crown Court.

Proctor had been remanded in custody until sentencing today amid what Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC called “massive interest” in the case.

Judge Hall today described it as a “tragic” case, and told her: “You are not a bad mum. You were not a bad mother to Elliot.”

The court heard how Procter had been treated for depression following Elliot’s birth, but was unaware of the severity of her illness.