A woman and her then-boyfriend have been observed guilty of killing her a few-yr-aged daughter, immediately after a court listened to the kid had experienced a extensive-running catalogue of physical abuse.

Kaylee-Jayde Priest was identified useless at the flat in Solihull in which she lived with her mom, Nicola, on 9 August 2020.

Kaylee-Jayde, who was explained in courtroom as a “happy child”, died from serious upper body and abdominal accidents.

A jury at Birmingham crown court read the series of historical injuries the lady experienced experienced, like damaged ribs, reduce leg fractures and a damaged sternum.

Nicola Priest, 23, and her then spouse, Callum Redfern, 22, blamed just about every other throughout the trial, but were being in a “close sexual relationship” at the time of the killing.

Priest experienced rung 999, but a judge was explained to that Kaylee-Jayde experienced been “dead prior to the contact was made”.

Nicola Priest and Callum Redfern. Photograph: West Midlands Police/PA

Each Priest and Redfern ended up unanimously cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter on Thursday.

Facts of the abuse suffered by Kaylee-Jayde were being study out in court. Priest would strike her daughter around the head and refer to her as a “fucking brat”, and Kaylee-Jayde was read crying “in a fearful tone”.

The jury read how those dwelling close by read bangs, shouts and crying. Neighbours residing beneath Priest’s flat claimed that “when Kaylee cried, the response appeared to be to drown out her crying with music”.

The court was advised that neighbours heard Priest shouting “with real regularity” at her youngster, like reviews like “shut up”, “go away” or “leave me alone” – and “never everything beneficial or kind”.

In a text concept exchange between Priest and Redfern on 24 July 2020, months just before Kaylee-Jayde was killed, Priest told him: “I’m gonna destroy her … for the reason that she retains leaving the living home or likely in the kitchen, so I have paled [hit] her a single and smacked her for shitting in her nappy.”

Redfern stated: “Good – give her just one from me.”

Priest replied: “I will, babe.”

Andrew Smith QC, prosecuting, explained the messages confirmed an “uncaring perspective from Priest and Redfern” in direction of the boy or girl.

The courtroom was performed CCTV footage which showed Kaylee-Jayde and her mom in a carry in the hrs ahead of she died. It showed the kid seeking up at her mom, who appeared disinterested and checked her reflection in the mirror, PA Media documented.

At no issue in the footage was there any physical speak to involving the pair.

Priest was also uncovered guilty of cruelty to a baby, relating to historical injuries, but Redfern was cleared of that demand.

In a assertion released later on, Kaylee-Jayde’s grandmother Debbie Windmill mentioned her death would live with her for the relaxation of her existence.

Windmill reported: “I could never end staring at the smile on her gorgeous face. I liked every single instant viewing her create to almost faculty age making ready to buy my very first grandchild her pre-college uniform was anything that filled me with these kinds of contentment.

“I couldn’t hold out to see her in it, but this chance was stolen from me in the most brutal of techniques.

“Everybody warrants the present of daily life. Kaylee-Jayde deserved to exhibit the environment who she could have been and what greatness she could have introduced to this entire world. Nanny will forever hold you in her coronary heart.”

Speaking later on, DI Adam Jobson explained it was a “grim picture”.

“I are unable to think about for 1 next what Kaylee-Jayde’s family members must be likely as a result of, they’ve lost their a few-year-aged family member at the fingers of her personal mother and Nicky Priest’s boyfriend, Callum.

“I really don’t imagine, regrettably, we will at any time absolutely know what has transpired, we’ll by no means get that complete picture, both of those have not admitted their individual accountability.”

Priest, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, and Redfern of Dudley, West Midlands, will be sentenced on Friday.

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