2009, 16 month old Declan Hainey last seen alive.
2010, Toddler Declan' Haineys'
mummified body was discovered in his cot in the flat in
Bruce Road, Paisley. Forensic experts calculated that
the little boy had been dead for many months.
The cot did
not even have sheets, the body had fused to the
mattress. Just outside the cot were empty vodka bottles
and empty take away cartons. In his cat, laying
besides him, a dirty nappy, and between his legs the
cellophane wrap from a cigarette packet.
body was discovered by Hainey's mother Elizabeth Rodden,
step-father John Rodden and her aunt Ann McNeilage, they
were traumatised, and called the police.
death Hainey sold his clothes and toys to buy heroin.
November 2011, Kimberley Hainey goes on trial at
Glasgow High court accused of murdering her toddler
son Declan Hainey.
2011, The court heard that Hainey claimed that
Declan died in his travel cot in the lounge, and she
then moved his body to the cot in the bedroom, expert
witnesses disputed this, saying that as the toddlers arm
was raised in such a position, it is likely he died in
The travel cot
in the lounge was overflowing with empty lemonade
bottles and sweet rappers. At the bottom of all the
rubbish was Declan's favourite toy, 'Igglepiggle'. .
house was full of rubbish, including needles and other
drug related items.
reported that Hainey would frequently go out on drinking
binge's often not coming home for days at a time,
leaving Declan to fend for himself.
Hainey's mother said she had offered to look after
Declan, but Hainey refused, and would often go to her to
get money, saying iit was for Decklan's care, when it
was clearly for alcohol and drugs. Her mother and other
family members did not see Declan alive after his first
birthday party on 17th April, 2009.
who saw Declan between May and July 2009 described
Declan as "withdrawn and shy" and spoke of his eyes
being glazed over. Another said he "appeared tired all
2011, Kimberly Hainey is found guilty of murdering
her own son.
She was also
convicted of neglecting her son, failing to report his
death and of attempting to pervert the course of justice
by concealing his body.
deferred to allow reports.
continues to insist her innocence. She claims that
Declan died in his sleep and that she had a breakdown
and was pretending to herself that he was still alive
12th January 2012, Hainey is sentenced to a minimum
15 years in jail.
for life, judge Lord Woolman said she would have to live
with the fact she murdered her son.
The judge added: "Declan Hainey's first birthday took
place in April 2009. He appeared to have all his future
in front of him. He was surrounded by a loving family.
"People thought you were a devoted mother, but a matter
of months later Declan was dead."