Cumbria mum found dead in prison cell was fighting to keep custody of baby

Michelle Barnes had warned a social worker two months before she gave birth, “if you take the baby, I will go too”, a coroner heard.
The 33-year-old, from Carlisle, was serving a two-year sentence for drugs offences at Low Newton Prison, Durham, when she was found dead in her cell in December.
She was taking methadone in prison in a bid to beat her drug addiction, had mental health issues and a history of self-harm, the jury hearing the inquest at Crook Civic Centre was told.
If you take the baby I will go too Ms Barnes was jailed in June last year and found out she was pregnant while in... read more

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