|Dean Harris,19, convicted of murder. |
Kicked a 2-year-old in the stomach,
tearing her liver in two.
Dean Harris, 19 was convicted today (Tuesday) of murdering Amina Agboola at their home in Scott Drive, Yaxley. Nr Peterborough.
Harris, who had been in a relationship with Amina's mother for just five months, was left alone with the child on November 21st, last year, with devastating consequences.
He lashed out in frustration at the toddler after she had soiled a pair of her knickers, kicking her so hard that, he later told a prison inmate, she flew six feet across the room.
The force of the blow was so severe that it tore her liver in two.
Harris called an ambulance, claiming Amina had hurt herself falling off the toilet. She was taken to Peterborough City Hospital but died from her injuries.
Harris admitted manslaughter but denied murder, however was convicted following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.
Sarah Racqueman, 29, the mother, denied causing or allowing Amina's death but admitted two other charges of neglect. She was cleared of the more serious charge.
The trial heard Amina was found to have had a number of other injuries, including an untreated broken wrist.
The case was investigated by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson said: "This was a truly horrendous case.
"Harris used completely disproportionate violence against such a tiny child. There is never an excuse to hit a child and he should have had no doubt what the potential consequences were of using such force on a two year old.
"His evil actions have resulted in the death of a young girl, who had her whole life ahead of her."
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