The depressed mother of a four-month-old boy who died in a house blaze which she said was started by intruders who tied her up and beat her unconscious, admitted yesterday she started the blaze.
Single mother Danielle Wails admitted infanticide at the start of what was due to be a murder trial.
Following the fire in the Cowgate area of Newcastle on August 28 2005 police launched a manhunt after Wails claimed two masked men attacked her in the twobedroomed terraced house and tied her with telephone cord.
She told detectives she had been knocked unconscious and when she awoke, the lounge where her son was, was alight.
She said she used her tongue to dial 999 and shouted through the letterbox to neighbours.
Wails, who had split from the boy's father after a series of rows, was living in accommodation provided by a charity for single mothers.
The troubled mum appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where she denied murder but admitted killing Alexander Gallon by starting a fire at their home.
Her plea was accepted by the Crown Prosecution after the court heard two psychiatrists agreed she was suffering from postnatal depression and the balance of her mind was disturbed at the time of the tragedy.
The court heard Wails intended to kill herself but despite accepting her admission of infanticide prosecutors refused to accept the claim.
Paul Sloan QC, said: "The natural inference is while she intended to take the child's life she had not formed the intention of taking her own.
"She had every intention of surviving and fabricating the account she gave. She admits she deliberately set fire to a settee and admits her child was in close proximity and when she lit the fire she intended to kill her child."
The hearing was adjourned until October 20 for presentence reports, Wails remaining in custody.