She is currently on trial at Nottingham Crown Court for charges of manslaughter stemming from that tragic day, but denies manslaughter. She, instead, has pleaded guilty to gross negligence.
Kellyâ€™s own mother is doing her no favors whatsoever. Yes, the grandmother of the deceased infant told the court that her daughter â€˜cared more about drugs than her childrenâ€™ and that the child and his older sister were â€˜an inconvenienceâ€™ to Kelly. Giving further details and background, the elder Emery explained to the court that her daughter would regularly call her up looking for money, claiming it was for electricity, food or gas; that the house was always a mess, and that she did nothing to make sure her children even had clean clothes to wear. She also claimed Kelly had been addicted to drugs since she was 17, and had lately been developing scabs on her arms and face.
The only positive thing, if you can call it that, that her mother had to say was that she didnâ€™t believe that Kelly had wanted young Fenton to die.
She had been referred to Birmingham Social Services, but she didnâ€™t bother telling them of her concerns because past referrals had â€˜led nowhere.â€™
An autopsy revealed that the baby had ingested methadone at least twice before succumbing to it.
The trial is ongoing.