The couple gave little Poppy drugs in Rytting’s squalid home in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Tests carried out after she died revealed that Poppy had ingested a variety of drugs for a period of up to six months before her death, including sedatives, heroin, methadone and ketamine.
Pyke sent raunchy text messages to Rytting and talked about Poppy having a “blue Smartie” – believed to be a reference to the sedative diazepam – and going to sleep
The tragic youngster collapsed and died in the room in June 2013 after suffering from a cardiac arrest.
Pills and tobacco are in plain sight, with rubbish strewn across the room.
The youngster was encouraged to eat sedatives because Pyke and Rytting felt she was an ‘inconvenience’ to their love life.
Tests carried out after she died found that Poppy had ingested a variety of drugs for a period of up to six months before her death, including sedatives, heroin, methadone and ketamine.
Text messages between Pyke, a former launderette manager, and Rytting talked about Poppy having a “blue Smartie”,believed to be a reference to the sedative diazepam, in the form of a blue tablet, and going to sleep.
The prosecution told the Court that a week before her daughter’s death, Pyke sent two messages to Rytting: “Got a bottle of wine if u wanna share. She can have a blue Smarties and go sleep. Lol! XXX.”
In a subsequent text, Pyke enquired: “Do you wanna share this wine….. Get them blue Smarties ready – the one she likes! Lol XXX”.
Pyke went into graphic sexual detail about what she wanted to do to Rytting if only her daughter had been put in the spare room.
The court heard her mother, a drug addict since the age of 25, referred to her daughter as: “It” “little thief” and “bitch.”
‘Poppy had ingested a variety of drugs for a period of up to six months before her death, including sedatives, heroin, methadone and ketamine. She also had diazepam, temazepam, oxazepam, codeine and morphine in her hair after suffering a cardiac arrest on Rytting’s sofa’
Pictures of drugs police found in the open in John Rytting’s home
A neighbour once over heard her saying: “I hate you, you little bastard” and “get your fucking coat on.” Poppy was heard to reply: “Get off ! Don’t hit me. Let go!”
Poppy was born to Pyke while she was addicted to heroin, a year after giving up her first daughter to care.
Prosecutor, David Gordon, told the jury earlier in the trial: “We say Pyke and Rytting, the defendants, are just wanting to get on with their love life, wanting to enjoy each other’s company and it may be this young girl was something of an encumbrance.
“It’s apparent from the text messages that Miss Pyke viewed Poppy as an inconvenience, who she felt was in the way with regards her relationship with Mr Rytting.”
Neighbors overheard Pyke abusing her daughter: “I hate you, you little bastard” and “get your fucking coat on.”
An ambulance was called to Rytting’s home on June 9, 2013, where Poppy was found to be “unresponsive, blue and not breathing,” she died in the hospital the next day.
A post-mortem examination could not establish a cause of death but toxicology tests carried out on her blood and hair found various drugs and showed the young girl had been exposed to and had ingested significant amounts of heroin and methadone for a period of between two and six months before her death.
When police raided Rytting’s filthy apartment they found drugs 770 diazepam tablets near the sofa where Poppy slept. He also had 330 temazepam tablets, valium and three boxes of zolpidem with a post mark of Singapore.
Garbage dump: Thrash mixed with drugs and tobacco in the room where Poppy was found unresponsive and later assessed to have had a cocktail of drugs in her system
The drugs did not contribute to Poppy’s death but experts agreed there was a “long period of ill-treatment and neglect by the grossly inappropriate administration of various drugs to the child by the defendants”.
Poppy was also found with bruising to her upper arms and backs of legs, and buttocks from punishment on Rytting’s naughty step.
Pyke, who admitted “putting heroin over” her little girl, told the jury she believed Rytting had laced her daughter with drugs which left her mouth blue and constantly thirsty on at least three occasions, four weeks before her death. The prosecutor then asked her why she did not report her supposed suspicions about Rytting, to the authorities
Composite of drugs stored in plain sight amid clutter in John Rytting’s home
The trial was told that Pyke was in the process of moving into Rytting’s home, where prescription and controlled drugs were “left lying around”.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to child cruelty by allowing Poppy to be accommodated in a house where prescribed and controlled drugs were unsecured and within reach of the child.
Pyke, also pleaded guilty to child cruelty by emotional abuse after neighbours heard her shouting at Poppy, threatening her and calling her a “little bastard”.
Dope head mother Michala Pyke – Guilty to child cruelty by allowing Poppy to be accommodated in a house where prescribed and controlled drugs were unsecured and within reach of the child.
The jury took just over two hours to find both defendants guilty of one count of child cruelty by encouraging Poppy to ingest prescription and controlled drugs, Friday.
Rytting, 40, who admitted one count of importing drugs and two counts of supplying controlled drugs, was also convicted of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Pyke, who admitted a charge of supplying methadone, was found guilty of possessing methadone with intent to supply.
Judge Jeremy Richardson addressing the pair said: “You have been convicted by the jury of very serious crimes. You have, prior to today, pleaded guilty to very serious crimes.
“These crimes will inevitably attract a substantial prison sentence.”
Insensitive dopey killer – Rytting who was buying 1,000 diazepam tablets a month from Pakistan and Singapore, also pled guilty to drug-dealing charges
The defendants showed no emotion as the jury returned the verdicts but shouting could be heard coming from the cells after they were remanded in custody and taken away from the court.
They will be sentenced next year.
A count of child cruelty by assault causing bruising against both defendants was dropped by the prosecution during the trial.
North Lincolnshire Council has announced an investigation into the case and Poppy Widdsion’s death.
Astounded and shocked investigators in the death of Poppy Widdison have said the young girl was “betrayed” by her mother.
Lead detective, Superintendent Umberto Cuozzo, said: “Poppy was betrayed by the very people who were entrusted to keep her safe from harm.
“They put their relationship, lifestyle and drugs before her and I hope they now come forward and tell the truth about the events that led to Poppy’s death in June 2013.”
Michala Pyke and her ex-partner John Rytting were found guilty of child cruelty in the death of Poppy Widdison
On the Poppy case,which dragged for three and a half years he said: “It defies belief that anyone would purposefully feed Class A drugs to a young child who would have been looking to the adults in her life for love and attention.
“Their priority should have been keeping Poppy safe from harm but instead she was growing up in shockingly dangerous conditions.
“The distressing evidence from this trial paints a picture of a young girl who was tragically viewed as an inconvenience.”
Brendan Widdison, 35, Poppy’s dad is currently serving 6 weeks for contempt after he took photographs of jury members from the public gallery in the courtroom.