Mum facing life in jail for battering seven-month-old daughter to death
A heartless mother battered her ‘helpless and vulnerable’ baby daughter to death two hours after social workers left her alone with the child.
Jennifer Crichton left her seven-month-old daughter Amelia with ‘catastrophic’ head injuries, including bleeding on the brain, in her right eye and a fractured skull.
She blamed the vicious attack on the baby’s father Richard Sheppard but was found guilty at Preston Crown Court and is now facing a life sentence.
Mr Sheppard, from Kent, said: ‘I’m happy and shocked and sad. This has destroyed my life. She tried fitting me up.’
Amelia’s grandmother Sally Quested added: ‘Amelia fought really hard for life only for her mother to take it away from her.’
The family say the defendant only wanted Amelia as a ‘meal ticket’ to get a house.
The court heard Crichton attacked Amelia at the family home on Slater Lane, Leyland, Lancashire.
She called 999 but offered no explanation for the baby’s injuries, which included bleeding to the brain, damage to nerve fibres in the brain stem, a complex skull fracture to the right side of her skull and bleeding to her right eye.
Paramedics took her to Royal Preston Hospital and then immediately transferred her to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The heartbreaking decision to turn off her life-support machine was taken two days later.
A jury of nine men and three women, who heard five weeks of evidence, convicted her in under two hours. Her sentencing will take place before the end of the month.