RENEE Jones admitted yesterday that other witnesses were telling the truth about her frequent drug use.
She repeated her denial though that she was high on drugs in the day leading up to her discovering her baby Charlotte was seriously hurt.
Ms Jones took to the witness box in the Wodonga Coroner’s Court to complete her evidence to the inquest into Charlotte’s death.
Ms Jones said “no” yesterday when asked if she had used any “speed”, or amphetamine, on the day leading up to that Saturday night.
She was then asked why she took an ecstasy pill on that Saturday about 2pm.
“It’s because they hassled me,” she said of Mr Penrose and Charlotte’s father, Graeme Keen.
Ms Jones was asked whether other witnesses who told of her drug use, including Adrian Dryden two weeks ago, were telling lies when they talked about her drug use.
“No. They’re not lying,” she said.
In one of her statements to police, she told of her trip to Melbourne on April 7, 2005, to be interviewed by the homicide squad.
“On the way down to the homicide squad Brett and I argued a lot about whether I would give a DNA sample and say no comment,” she said.
On the way home they pulled over at a truck stop and “he got out of the car and told me to get out”, Ms Jones said.
“Brett didn’t say anything to me but was making sexual advances.
“You’ve got someone who wants to have sex with you and you’re crying over your dead daughter.
“I think that’s strange.”
Ms Jones earlier told the hearing about another unusual conversation with Mr Penrose — over the phone at 3am when she was out with her friends. She had asked him whether it was OK for her to come home.
But Mr Penrose asked her to stay out longer as he wanted to complete a letter he was writing to her about his difficulties in expressing his feelings and his apprehension about their relationship.
When Ms Jones got home, Mr Penrose told her about how Charlotte had done a small vomit and that he had changed her and her bed clothing.
The inquest heard the mattress had been turned over, that there was a blood stain on the mattress and that one of the cot slats was broken.