A WITNESS told an inquest in Wodonga yesterday she was shocked by the reaction of Renee Jones when her daughter Charolotte Rose Keen was grizzling.
Cara Dryden said she had been visiting Ms Jones and partner Graeme Keen at a flat behind the Wodonga police station in 2004.
It was about 11pm and Charlotte might have been teething when her mother called her “a slut” and told her to go to sleep.
Ms Dryden said Ms Jones had been partying the two previous nights and may have been coming down off ecstasy.
Later Ms Jones moved to Phefley Court to live with a man called Snowy (Brett Penrose).
Ms Dryden said Ms Jones wanted to be in a relationship with him and said on one occasion: “Sometimes I wish I didn’t have Charlotte because Snowy does not want any more kids”.
She said there had been a significant attitude change in Ms Jones.
“She was using drugs, mostly speed, every second time we went around,” Ms Dryden said.
She saw Ms Jones outside the Globe Hotel in Albury about 3am on December 11.
Ms Dryden asked how Charlotte was and the response from Ms Jones was: “She’s all right”.
After Charlotte’s death on December 17, Ms Dryden was shocked, angry and upset.
Police approached her to make a statement which was done at Wodonga on December 20.
Counsel for Ms Jones, Diana Price, suggested to Ms Dryden she had been frank about her amphetamine use at the time.
“Yes, that’s right,” Ms Dryden said.
It was suggested by Ms Price that Ms Dryden may have had trouble with her memory due to drug use.
“What I have got in my statement is what I heard and saw,” she said.
“I was angry at the whole situation and whoever did it (caused Charlotte’s death).”
Ms Price said Ms Dryden might still have been using amphetamine when the statement was made.
“I was not on drugs on the day of my statement,” Ms Dryden replied.