Toddlers death may have ingested methadone

Investigation into Blackpool baby death continues

DETECTIVES are appealing for the public’s help as they continue to investigate the death of a two year old girl in Blackpool.

At 11.44pm on Tuesday 4 March, police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Jameson Street where Sophie Jones had been taken ill.

She was taken by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but sadly died.

Detective Superintendent Paul Withers, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This is a tragic incident where a little girl has lost her life and I am determined to get to the bottom of what happened to Sophie Jones.

“As a result of our enquiries I believe that a substance was removed from the address on Jameson Street either shortly before paramedics arrived or after, and I believe that substance to be methadone.

“I believe it is either being held by someone locally or has been hidden somewhere in the vicinity of Jameson Street. If anybody has any information relating to where it is then I would urge them to come forward.

“Methadone is green in colour and in this instance may not necessarily be in a clearly identified medicine bottle.

“If this substance fell into the wrong hands it could have incredibly serious consequences. I would like to reassure people that any information which is passed to us will be treated in confidence.”

A post mortem examination has been carried out but the cause of Sophie’s death has not been ascertained and further toxicology tests will now be carried out.

Detective Superintendent Withers added: “We are pursuing numerous lines of enquiry as we try to establish the circumstances surrounding Sophie’s death. One line of enquiry is that she may have ingested methadone. However, at this stage we cannot categorically say that this is the case or that it has caused her death.

“If anybody has any information which they think could be relevant to this enquiry then I would urge them to contact police.”

A 29 year old woman and a 41 year old man from Blackpool continue to be questioned on suspicion of child neglect, manslaughter and attempting to pervert the course of justice.