IN the hours after the death of baby Charlotte, Renee Jones bought a pregnancy test at a Melbourne shopping centre.
Taiya Danhiez, who was 14 at the time, had been with Ms Jones, Brett Penrose and other adults at the Greensborough shopping centre on December 17, 2004, hours after Charlotte had died.
In a statement Ms Danhiez gave to police on December 30, 2004, she said Penrose — known by the nickname Snow — had bought perfume for Ms Jones and a mobile phone.
Ms Jones had said she thought she was pregnant and bought a test, which was negative.
“Brett said he had had the chop and had been fixed,” Ms Danhiez said in the statement.
Ms Danhiez said she had seen Ms Jones and Krystal Lanyon use the drug speed.
It started out as a “weekend thing” and became more frequent.
“She (Renee) was eating it,” Ms Danhiez’s statement said.
“She was snappy to Charlotte, to just about everybody.”
Under cross-examination by counsel for Ms Jones, Diana Price, Ms Danhiez said police had never asked her to recall any examples of Ms Jones being “a good mum”.
Ms Danhiez had told police of an occasion when Ms Jones snapped and swore at Charlotte.
“That was the only time I could think of,” Ms Danhiez said. “It was the first time I had seen her be that direct, swearing at Charlotte.”
Ms Danhiez said Ms Jones had been “a really good mum” before she started taking drugs.
“You were never asked by police for examples of Renee being a good mum, were you?” Ms Price asked.
“No,” Ms Danhiez said.
Ms Danhiez also told of being “frightened” after an outburst by Mr Penrose on Christmas Eve, 2004.
She had been wrapping presents at his home when one of his daughters, aged about 2, got out of bed and he lost his temper.
“He was furious, he was angry. His face was red,” she said.
“I’d never even heard Brett raise his voice before.
“It was really out of character for him.”