Sarah Jayne Barron Wiki – Sarah Jayne Barron Bio
A court heard that Sarah Jayne Barron, 34, “completely disassociated” herself from the pregnancy before baby Noah was found dead in December 2020.
The care home worker had given birth on a toilet in the flat she shared with her partner in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
But she then dropped him 15ft over the flat’s balcony and left him there “in a blind panic” on December 12.
Barron then continued to go to work as normal for the following week.
Noah was found to have died from blunt impact head injuries consistent with a fall from a height and is said to have lived for up to half an hour after the trauma was inflicted.
Sarah Jayne Barron is 34 years old.
Killed Her Baby Threw Newborn Son Off a Flat Balcony
Barron pleaded guilty to infanticide, manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Linden handed the mum a three-year community order with rehabilitation and banned her from ever working with children and vulnerable adults.
The court earlier heard Barron did not tell anyone about the pregnancy and various relationship and financial pressures.
This included the stress of working in the care sector throughout the pandemic, which led to her developing a psychological disorder that meant she “completely dissociated herself, mentally and physically” from the pregnancy.
Anna Vigars KC, prosecuting, said Noah was found by Barron’s neighbor, who called the police.
The neighbor initially thought she had spotted a doll in her garden before realizing it was the body of a newborn baby.
When first questioned, Barron denied being pregnant but later said she had miscarried.
She eventually admitted what she had done to the police, saying she feared the baby was not her partner’s.
Her partner Phillip Taylor had been out buying Barron painkillers when she gave birth.
In a statement read to the court, Mr. Taylor said the incident had impacted him and his family and described it as “the worst time of my life.”
He said Noah’s funeral in January was the only opportunity he had to “carry and hold” his child.
He added: “If I’d known Sarah was pregnant or I’d come home in time to find she had given birth, I would have helped and supported her.
“Even though I’ve been through hell I want Sarah to get the help she needs.”
Charles Row KC, defending Barron, said: “The circumstances in this case could hardly be more distressing.”
Mr. Row said Barron was homeless in 2019, during which she began taking anti-depressants. She then entered a relationship with Mr. Taylor and moved in with him shortly before the first coronavirus lockdown.
He said during the lockdown, she was working a low-paid job and under huge stress, earning £8.72 an hour doing night shifts.
Mr. Row added: “She appears to have been utterly detached from the reality of her situation. In her mind, she created the narrative of a miscarriage. It was out of sight, out of mind. She carried on almost as normal and went back to work.
“She remains in an emotionally fragile state – the trauma of what she did still not fully realised by her. She still can’t come to terms with what she’s done.”
Two consultant psychiatrists who assessed Barron found she suffered from pervasive pregnancy denial, calling it a “classic case” of the disorder.
She was also found to have a low IQ and reading age of 10 and 12 with “deficits in your verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, and processing speed.”
Addressing Barron, Mr. Justice Linden said: “You were in an extreme state of denial about the pregnancy, to such an extent that you were virtually oblivious to it. You were, therefore, very shocked when you went into labor.
“Your mind was disturbed by an acute stress reaction and a dissociative disorder. And this is what caused you to act as you did.
“You did not tell him or anyone else about the pregnancy; whether family, friends, or colleagues, nobody knew.
“You told your GP that you were not pregnant. You did not seek any antenatal support and made no other preparations for the birth.
“When you came to give birth matters came to a head. You were in a state of extreme shock and you panicked.”
He added: “None of what I have said is to suggest that your offense was not serious. It is very serious. It resulted in the ultimate harm to a newborn baby.
“Noah’s life and his suffering should not be forgotten. But the mitigation in this case, as in most cases of this type, is powerful.”
Barron was initially Charged
Barron was initially charged with murder, but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) later accepted a plea of infanticide, a form of manslaughter.
The judge said that while the offense carried a sentence of up to life in prison, “the law recognises that what is required in this type of case is very often compassion, support and rehabilitation rather than punishment and retribution.”
Senior investigating officer Superintendent Gary Haskins said it was a “tragic and complex incident which has had a profound impact on all those involved.