A CRUEL mum who gave her four-year-old daughter “blue smartie” tranquillisers so she could have sex undisturbed has had her appeal against her sentence thrown out.
Michala Pyke, 38, was locked up for 13 years for child cruelty following the death of tragic Poppy Widdison in 2013.
The youngster had ingested significant amounts of heroin, methadone and ketamine in the months before she collapsed from a cardiac arrest in the “filthy home” of her mum’s druggie lover John Rytting, 40.
The sick pair encouraged the child to eat “blue Smarties” – believed to be the sedative diazepam – because she was an “inconvenience” to their “squalid passion”.
Pyke’s lawyers claimed the 13-year sentence handed down by the trial judge in Hull was too long.
But judges at the Court of Appeal in London ruled the punishment was “justified” and dismissed the appeal.
Mr Justice Gilbart, sitting with Lord Justice Bean and Mr Justice Spencer, said: “We consider that the judge’s approach to sentencing cannot be criticised or improved upon.
“Although there was no causal link to Poppy’s death, the risk from administering drugs to a child over a period of months was entirely foreseeable.”
In June we reported Poppy’s dad Brendan Widdison was planning to sue social workers over “missed opportunities” to save her.
He said: “Social services failed Poppy badly and need to be held accountable.”
A Serious Case Review identified “missed opportunities” to protect Poppy, who was abused in the months leading up to her death.
A post mortem and police investigation failed to establish a cause of death.
But a family court judge ruled in January that Poppy was either shaken or suffered a blow to the head from either Pyke or Rytting.
Judge Heaton said: “I unhesitatingly conclude that both know far more about how Poppy lost her life than either of them are prepared to say.
“The mother and Mr Rytting are seeking to conceal from view what happened in the flat that morning in order to protect themselves.”
He continued: “It’s not possible to say whether the mother acted alone or Rytting alone or whether they were both involved and what role each played.
“I am entirely satisfied, however, to the appropriate standard of proof that both knew what happened in the flat that morning.”
Trial judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Pyke she was “utterly unfit to be a mother” and said to the pair: “You both bear huge responsibility for blighting the life of a pretty, vivacious little girl.”
He described how Poppy was born already hooked on heroin and existed in a “swamp of drug addiction”.
Prosecutor David Gordon said cops found 700 diazepam pills and over 300 temazepam tablets when they raided the couple’s house in Grimsby, Lincs.
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