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Mum stamped her infant daughter to death

Ayeeshia Smith
Ayeeshia Smith

A 23-year-old mother has been found guilty of stamping her “happy and smiley” 21-month-old daughter to death in the UK.

Kathryn Smith murdered her daughter Ayeeshia Jane Smith on the 1st of May 2014 at an apartment in Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire.

Kathryn Smith

Her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend Matthew Rigby was cleared of murder but convicted of causing or allowing the child’s death.

Ayeeshia, known as AJ, suffered a fatal collapse at home more than three weeks after Derbyshire County Council social services had discussed taking the infant into care over fears that she was a victim of domestic abuse.

She was heard saying “stop mummy, stop daddy” by neighbours just days before she was found dead and a post-mortem found she had suffered a string of harrowing injuries.

The toddler died from a fatal heart laceration most likely caused by a foot stamp and the sort of injury doctors only usually see in crash victims.

Smith sobbed and shook her head as she was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court.

Sentencing is expected on Monday.