A Stoke-on-Trent woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of her two-year-old daughter.
Cody-Anne Jackson, 20, was charged with the murder of her daughter, Macey Hogan, at her home address in Packett Street, Fenton, on 10 October 2016.
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.
But forensic pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar told the jury at Stafford Crown Court 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 could not be confirmed.
The jury was also told 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.
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.
The trial at Stafford Crown Court, which began on 3 July, was interrupted today (11 July) by a guilty plea entered by Jackson’s counsel.
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.”
Jackson is set to be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on 27 July.