Frankie Smith Wiki – Frankie Smith Biography
Frankie Smith is a Keighley, West Yorkshire woman who allegedly assaults her 16-month-old girl. A court has heard that the toddler died from “utterly catastrophic injuries” after repeated assaults by her mother and her mother’s partner.
Star Hobson suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital on 22 September 2020.
She is 20 years old.
Bradford Crown Court heard on Wednesday that the child had been either punched, kicked, or stamped on.
Opening the trial, prosecutor Alistair MacDonald said she “suffered a number of significant injuries at different times,” including fractures to the back of the head and right shin, with the latter “caused by forceful twisting.”
“Star had been repeatedly physically assaulted over the weeks and months before her death,” he said.
She was found “apparently lifeless, pale” and wearing only a nappy when paramedics arrived at the couple’s flat on Wesley Place after a 999 call made by one of the defendants, Mr. MacDonald said.
Internet searches on “shock in babies” and “how to bring a baby out of shock” were made 15 minutes before medics were called at 15:49 BST, the jury heard.
The toddler died an hour later in hospital, and a post-mortem examination found lacerations on her internal organs and bruising over the lungs and abdomen, jurors heard.
“All these injuries had been caused by a severe and forceful blow, or blows, either in the form of punching, stamping, or kicking to the abdomen,” said the prosecutor.
Mr. MacDonald said that Ms. Smith and Ms. Brockhill were the only adults in the flat at the time, although two other young children were present.
He told the jury: “It will be the prosecution case that it is nothing short of absurd to suggest that another young child caused these injuries.
“Despite the catalog of injuries of which we have spoken, at no time was Star taken for medical help other, of course, then that 999 call made in the last hour and 15 minutes of Star’s life.”
Mr. MacDonald Statement
Mr. MacDonald said it was also the case that social workers, who were aware of Star’s case, were “kept away” from her.
The court heard how Ms. Smith’s grandparents had witnessed their great-grandchild turn from a happy baby into a “depressed child” in the months leading up to her death.
Jurors were shown video footage of Star being shouted at in her home and told she had suffered “a degree of cruelty and psychological harm which is all too apparent.”
They were also told how, on separate occasions, Ms. Smith, of Halifax Road, had been seen with bruising on her neck and arms, as well as her eye and back, and that Ms. Brockhill, of Hawthorn Close, took a “more controlling role in the parenting of Star.”
The trial continues.