Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Mum Kathryn Smith guilty of murder
A mother has been found guilty of murdering her 21-month-old daughter, who died with injuries likened to those of a car crash victim.
Kathryn Smith, 23, was also convicted of cruelty to a child relating to Ayeeshia Jane Smith’s death in 2014.
Her partner Matthew Rigby, 22, was cleared of murder but convicted of causing or allowing the child’s death in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.
The pair had repeatedly protested their innocence at Birmingham Crown Court.
But the jury decided Smith was the one who delivered the fatal blow, which pathologists said was probably a “stamp” that tore her heart.
The Rotherham connection?
“This story relates to Derbyshire County Council. At the time this failing occurred Ian Thomas was in charge of Children’s services.
Is he really the right man for the job in Rotherham? How can he improve things if he has catastrophically failed before?”
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Ian Thomas will take over as interim director of children’s services on 1 January. He succeeds Joyce Thacker, who left the council after the publication in August of a devastating report by Professor Alexis Jay, which detailed “blatant failures” by council and police leaders who turned a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of least 1,400 children in Rotherham between 1997 and 2003.
Ayeeshia Jane Smith murder: Burton MP Andrew Griffiths calls for inquiry
Social workers who allowed a mother to keep the 21-month-old daughter she later murdered should be the subject of a public inquiry, an MP has said.
Kathryn Smith, 23, was convicted of murder and cruelty to a child over the death of Ayeeshia Jane Smith at her flat in Burton upon Trent in 2014.
Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board will review the case. Ayeeshia was known to social services all her life.
But Burton MP Andrew Griffiths said an independent inquiry was needed.