Summary:

First three paragraphs read:  "Vulnerable, weak and lonely, Bowman was so desperate for a partner, she turned a blind eye to the systematic abuse reigned on her son by her boyfriend, the court heard this week."

"During the trial, she admitted being prescribed anti-depressants after suffering post-natal depression and took an overdose when she feared she could not cope.

She went for a drink with her mum on the night her son died.




http://www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk/news/4668124.Runcorn_mum_turned_a_blind_eye_to_boyfriend_s_systematic_abuse_of_her_toddler_son/



She is a victim in this case - she has lost her child at the hand of another"

12:10pm Wednesday 7th October 2009

By Barbara Jordan »

VULNERABLE, weak and lonely, Bowman was so desperate for a partner, she turned a blind eye to the systematic abuse reigned on her son by her boyfriend, the court heard this week.

During the trial, she admitted being prescribed anti-depressants after suffering post-natal depression and took an overdose when she feared she could not cope.

She went for a drink with her mum on the night her son died.

Judge Mr Justice Ouseley told her: “You left him (Davenport) that night knowing he had been violent to a previous partner and had taken cannabis.

“It is clear you were looking after your own needs.

“You were needy, vulnerable, desperate to have a relationship with an adult male.

“So keen that you closed your eyes to what you must have known.”

But, he said, there was no evidence that she had ever harmed her son.

He added: “I am entirely satisfied that you were a loving mother. You cared for your child except for a blind spot you had about your relationship wtih Mr Davenport.

“You tried your best with a very difficult child who had significant temper tantrums.

“This is not a case where there is a litany of squalor, degradation, neglect and routine violence visited on a child by those who have care of it.

“This is a child who was loved and cared for. You have suffered the loss of a child.

“The person fully responsible for the death of Joshua is Mr Davenport, not you.”

Her barrister, Stephen Riordan, QC, said: “She will for the rest of her days bitterly regret her decision to go to her mum’s on the night Joshua died.

“She is a victim in this case. She has lost her child at the hand of another, something which will haunt her for the rest of her days.”