A mom and her former boyfriend have been jailed for killing her three-year-old daughter after the woman’s cries interrupted them having intercourse.
Kaylee-Jayde Priest was discovered useless on 9 August final yr on the flat the place she lived together with her mom, Nicola Priest, who despatched a textual content threatening to kill the kid a couple of days earlier.
Priest was sentenced to fifteen years in jail for manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Courtroom, the place the decide mentioned the kid had been the sufferer of a “ferocious” assault that left her with deadly chest and belly accidents.
The 23-year-old mom rang 999 however a jury convicted her after listening to the teen had been “useless earlier than the decision was made”.
Her then-boyfriend Callum Redfern, 22, was additionally discovered responsible of manslaughter and given a 14-year jail time period.
They had been each cleared of homicide.
Specialists in contrast Kaylee-Jayde’s wounds to these of a kid hit by a automobile at 40mph, or who had fallen three flooring on to a concrete flooring.
The kid had beforehand suffered damaged ribs, decrease leg fractures and a damaged sternum, which led the jury to search out Priest responsible of cruelty to a toddler.
Redfern was cleared of the identical cost.
Mr Justice Foxton QC mentioned: “Kaylee was put to mattress a while round 7pm, whereas the 2 of you went to have intercourse in Nicola Priest’s bed room.
“However like many kids her age, Kaylee didn’t wish to go to mattress, however to remain up and play.”
He mentioned there was no direct proof of what occurred subsequent, however that Kaylee-Jayde vomited repeatedly as the results of the “extreme beating” that Priest and Redfern had been chargeable for inflicting on her.
He mentioned: “Little doubt irritated by Kaylee crying, asking to be set free, it interrupted the 2 of you if you wished to have intercourse.
“You misplaced your tempers and had been events to the assault which value Kaylee her life.”
He mentioned they may have saved her life if that they had shortly referred to as for medical assist and condemned their “uncaring and merciless angle to Kaylee”.
Requested how Kaylee-Jayde’s dying had affected him, Redfern had instructed police: “It isn’t my youngster… it is probably not affected me.”
Priest, who specialists say has “a really low stage of intelligence”, cried as she was sentenced, whereas Redfern confirmed no emotion.
In the course of the trial, jurors had heard how Priest would hit Kaylee-Jayde across the head and consult with her as a “f****** brat”.
In a textual content message trade on 24 July final yr, days earlier than Kaylee-Jayde’s dying, Priest instructed Redfern: “I am gonna kill her… as a result of she retains leaving the lounge or going within the kitchen, so I’ve paled [hit] her one and smacked her for sh****** in her nappy.”
Redfern mentioned: “Good – give her one from me.”
Priest replied: “I’ll, babe.”
Priest, of Poplar Avenue, Edgbaston, Birmingham, and Redfern, of Temple Avenue, Dudley, West Midlands, should each serve two-thirds of their jail phrases earlier than they are often thought-about for launch.