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In a tragic and deeply disturbing incident, a mother, Shannon Driver, who was under a court order restricting her contact with children due to previous threats, has been implicated in the death of her partner’s 18-month-old son, Jaxon Syrett. The heartbreaking event occurred in September 2020, at the family home in Bexhill, East Sussex.

Details emerging from the court proceedings reveal that Jaxon suffered fatal injuries consistent with being tightly gripped around the chest, subjected to shaking, swinging, and possibly being thrown or slammed onto a hard surface. The 18-month-old, born from a previous relationship, endured six days on life support but tragically succumbed to the injuries inflicted on him, reported Daily Mail.

The court learned that Shannon Driver, aged 27, had a history of concerning behavior, leading to a court order that limited her interactions with children. This order was a result of a prior incident in which she threatened to throw her son out of a window. Consequently, she was only permitted supervised contact with her child and strictly forbidden from being left alone with other children.

Despite these restrictions, Driver had moved in with Jaxon’s father, Kieran Irvin, and his family. On the fateful day, while Mr. Irvin was at work, Driver was entrusted with the care of young Jaxon. Chloe Syrett, Jaxon’s mother, informed the court that she had adamantly insisted Driver should never be left alone with her son.

Expressing concerns about Driver’s mental health, Syrett shared her apprehensions, stating, “I knew she had a child that didn’t live with her. I put it down to mental health because I knew she had mental health problems. I was concerned because she had lost her child.”

Paramedics discovered Jaxon injured at Mr. Irvin’s home after responding to an emergency call. Despite Driver’s initial claim that Jaxon had slipped and hit his head in the shower, inconsistencies were noted by paramedics who observed the child was dry and wearing a clean nappy.

As the investigation unfolded, it was revealed that Driver continued visiting Jaxon in the hospital until Ms. Syrett insisted she leave, just before the toddler was transferred to London for brain surgery.

In a poignant statement, Jaxon’s family expressed the profound impact of his loss, stating that it “changed our lives forever.” They mourned the absence of Jaxon’s cheeky smile, infectious laughter, and the milestones he would never reach. The unfolding court proceedings shed light on a heart-wrenching tragedy that has left a lasting mark on all those connected to Jaxon’s short and tragically ended life.

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