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Mother sentenced to 24 years in jail for stamping daughter to death

The toddler’s injuries were likened to those of a car crash victim.

Kathryn Smith outside Birmingham Crown Court.
Kathryn Smith outside Birmingham Crown Court.
Image: PA

A JUDGE HAS sentenced a woman in England to 24 years in prison for murdering her 21 month-old daughter.

23-year-old Kathryn Smith was found guilty on Friday of killing her daughter, Ayeeshia Jane Smith. Smith’s former boyfriend, Matthew Rigby, 22, was also sentenced to three years and eight months after being convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child.

At the time of Ayeeshia’s death, the couple were living on Britannia Drive in Burton. BBC reports the child died of injuries likened to those of a car crash victim when she was beaten and stamped to death by her mother in May 2014.

In a police statement today, detective inspector Andy Maxfield of Staffordshire Police said today he welcomed the sentence

“The death of a child is a tragedy no matter how it happens. Ayeeshia suffered horrific injuries and her life was cut short by the one person who should have kept her safe. The punishment needed to fit the crime, in this case.”

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