30 Nov 2012

Meth mother avoids jail to care for remaining child

8:36 pm on 30 November 2012

An Auckland mother who caused a crash that killed her daughter while driving high on methamphetamine has escaped a jail sentence.

Toni Ericksen, 33, has been sentenced to 12 months' home detention and 200 hours' community service, and disqualified from driving for four years.

A social worker's report to the Auckland District Court says Ericksen has refused to be drug-tested, so it's not known if she's stopped using the drug.

The Crown sought a starting point of four years in prison, but the judge said he was persuaded not to jail her so she could care for her younger daughter.

Her older daughter, who was 12, died in the car crash in Kaipara in July 2011.

A condition of Ericksen's sentence is she will have to attend drug counselling.