Children’s nurse lied about being pregnant with her ex-partner’s child during lockdown – sending him photos of her baby bump, fake baby scans and eventually snaps of someone’s baby another in the hospital
Alexandra Gregory, 25, who sent numerous fake pregnancy scans to her ex-partner, was given a suspended sentence for a “prolonged campaign” of deception against her former boyfriend.
The children’s cancer nurse pleaded guilty on Thursday to sending malicious communications to Daniel Smith between August 2020 and February 2021 at Worcester Magistrates’ Court.
Chairman of the Prosecution Service Kevin Lloyd-Wright said Gregory had led a “planned, sustained and relentless” campaign against Mr Smith.
The couple was found to have had a short relationship which lasted from February to July 2020.
Alexandra Gregory (pictured), 25, sent numerous fake baby scans and baby bump photos to her ex-partner between August 2020 and February 2021.
The pediatric nurse “fully admitted” that she had lied about Mr Smith’s baby and that there was “no reasonable explanation for what she had done”.
Gregory’s defense team claimed she had indeed become pregnant, but the court was told she had suffered a miscarriage at some point before she began sending messages to Mr Smith in October.
Her lawyer said Gregory became distressed by the situation, as well as her work as a pediatric nurse during the lockdown. BBC reports.
She was found to have sent photos of herself in a nurse’s uniform while showing off a pregnant belly.
The lawyer added that the 25-year-old “fully accepted” that she had lied about Mr Smith’s baby and that there was “no reasonable explanation for what she had done” .
Despite this, a month later, his ex-partner received another photo of Gregory, this time of a positive pregnancy test, followed by a photo of her with a small bump.
The couple then met and agreed to have an abortion. However, she then texted him three months later to tell him she had changed her mind and intended to keep the baby.
She then continued to send her former partner a multitude of messages, including more fake baby scans and photos of herself in her Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital nurse’s uniform with a baby bump. pregnancy.
The children’s nurse even took teddy bears to Mr. Smith and asked him to sleep with them so she could give them to the child and he would “know the smell.”
One day in January 2021, the court heard, she sent more than 300 messages to Mr Smith.
Later in January, Gregory told her former boyfriend that she had given birth to a baby girl, named Aria.
However, she claimed Aria was “born blue” before sending her photos of a baby in hospital, adding: “Our daughter is in intensive care.”
The offending took place throughout the Covid pandemic, during which Gregory often reminded Mr Smith that he should not leave the house as it would put their baby at risk.
Gregory even went so far as to write out lists of items he needed to purchase for the newborn as well as money for the children’s upkeep.
The court heard Mr Smith questioned the legitimacy of the scans and at one point requested a DNA test, but felt too guilty to face it.
Eventually Mr Smith’s mother became suspicious of her ex-partner’s behavior towards her son and reported it to the police.
The court heard the truth was finally revealed a month later, when Gregory’s father told Mr Smith’s aunt there was no baby.
Gregory pleaded guilty to sending malicious communications to Daniel Smith between August 2020 and February 2021 at Worcester Magistrates’ Court (pictured) on Thursday.
Officers from West Mercia Police then attended his home to investigate these concerns. That’s when Gregory admitted the baby didn’t exist.
PC Rosanna Stone, who was the investigating officer, said: “I have spoken with the victim for almost three years now and in my opinion her life has been seriously and permanently emotionally damaged as a result of Gregory’s actions.
“She has since had a child with another partner but has not responded to any comments during interviews.”
Prosecuting, Tom Wickstead told the court the experience left Mr Smith feeling “like a shadow of himself”, while the judge later admitted he had suffered from “continuous anxiety” due to the incident.
Gregory was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, as well as a 12-month mental health treatment plan and 20 days of community service.
The nurse was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to Mr Smith and given a three-year banning order against him and his mother.
A spokesperson for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said Gregory had been suspended pending the police investigation and would now “conclude its own internal investigation”.