A MUM whose four-week-old son died after she drunkenly fell asleep on him has revealed she wants another baby “as soon as possible” after walking free from prison.
Marina Tilby, 26, took little Darrian clubbing before falling asleep on top of him – so drunk it took her more than an hour to be woken up while he was rushed to hospital.
And the mum today revealed she is engaged and hopes to have more kids after she was released from prison early when an appeals court ruled she was genuinely remorseful over her baby’s death.
Speaking to The Sun Online from her family home near Aberaeron, Ceredigion, the mum said she was focusing on the future after the “horrible dream”.
She said: “I want more children as soon as I can.
“It feels like I’ve been given a second chance at life. I can start again.”
The court had previously heard how the mum was jailed for two years and four months at Swansea Crown Court in June after admitting child cruelty through wilful neglect over her son’s death.
But she was released three months later after the appeals court heard she was genuinely remorseful.
Tilby said she had met her fiancé in January this year before she was jailed, with the couple hoping to tie the knot in 2020.
The mum said: “He is a wonderful man and I can’t wait to be married and hopefully start a family together.
“Of course what happened is in my thoughts all the time but I have to try and take this second chance at life.
“I feel incredibly relieved to have been released early.”
Her fiancé is not Darrian’s father.
TOO DRUNK TO CARE
Tilby had downed Guinness as she went dancing on the fateful night in March 2017, throwing her son in the air and catching him as she partied.
She and her sister then headed back to the Quay West caravan park in New Quay, Ceredigion with three men.
But the night out turned to tragedy when the drunk mum then fell asleep next to her son on a double bed in their caravan.
Tilby was later found by her sister lying on top of Darrian, who was unresponsive with blood on his nose.
The baby boy was rushed to Bronglais hospital but tragically died – with it taking more than an hour for Tilby to be woken up.
As she was jailed in June, Judge Paul Thomas told her she had shown “deliberate disregard” for her son’s welfare.
He said: “It is a mother’s responsibility, a mother’s duty, and her natural instinct to put the care and safety of her four-week old child above all else.
“You completely ignored that duty so you could get extremely drunk on a night out.”
Everything that’s happened just feels like a horrible dream. It will always be with me.
Medical evidence was unable to rule out the possibility Darrian’s death was caused by sudden infant death syndrome before Tilby had rolled onto him.
Tilby said she served her sentence at Eastwood Park Prison, Gloucs, and found the experience “traumatising”.
She said: “Everything that’s happened just feels like a horrible dream. It will always be with me.
“In prison, it was deeply traumatic at first and I found it very hard to adjust to being there, but after a while the other women were OK with me and they helped me settle in to prison life.
“Many of the other women were sympathetic.”
While she was behind bars, Tilby enrolled on a soap-making course, she said.
She now plans to use her new skills to start a business making her own soaps and moisturisers.
She said: “I’ve got lots of ideas about the kind of natural beauty products I want to create and sell and I’m hoping to launch the business very soon.”
‘SHE MADE A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE MISTAKE’
On Tuesday, Tilby’s barrister, Dyfed Thomas, told the Court of Appeal, in London that her sentence was too long and could have been suspended in the circumstances of the case.
He said: “This young woman made a terrible, terrible mistake of becoming so drunk she couldn’t respond to her child’s needs.”
Allowing her appeal, Mr Justice Fraser said the original sentence was “manifestly excessive” in light of her genuine remorse and her own suffering.
The judge said psychological reports made it clear that Darrian’s death had a “significant impact” on Tilby’s mental health and she had suffered a “deep depression”.
He said the tragedy had unfolded after “one evening of neglect involving a lapse of judgment”, rather than a prolonged period.
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He also said the baby boy had been “otherwise well-cared for”, adding it was a “very tragic case.”
Mr Justice Fraser said a victim impact statement from the baby’s father, who was not in a relationship with Tilby at the time of his death but wanted to play a part in his upbringing, made it clear he would have looked after his son on the night in question if he had been asked.
The court ordered Tilby to undergo supervision by the Probation Service for one year.
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