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Nicola Priest and Callum Redfern convicted of manslaughter over the death of Kaylee-Jayde in Solihull
Priest and her then-boyfriend have been found guilty of killing her three-year-old daughter after a court heard the child had suffered a long-running catalog of physical abuse.
Kaylee-Jayde Priest was found dead at the flat in Solihull, where she lived with her mother, Nicola, on 9 August 2020.
She is 23 years old.
Kaylee-Jayde Priest was found dead at the flat in Solihull where she lived with her mother, Nicola Priest, 23, on 9 August last year.
The youngster died from severe chest and abdominal injuries.
The child’s mother rang 999, but a jury convicted Priest after hearing the youngster had been “dead before the call was made.”
Medical examinations later showed she had also suffered historical injuries including broken ribs, lower leg fractures, and a broken sternum, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
A jury at Birmingham crown court heard the series of historical injuries the girl had suffered, including broken ribs, lower leg fractures, and a broken sternum.
Nicola Priest, 23, and her then-partner, Callum Redfern, 22, blamed each other during the trial but were in a “close sexual relationship” at the time of the killing.
The Priest had rung 999, but a judge was told that Kaylee-Jayde had been “dead before the call was made.”
Both Priest and Redfern were unanimously cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter on Thursday.
Details of the abuse suffered by Kaylee-Jayde were read out in court. The priest would hit her daughter around the head and refer to her as a “fucking brat,” and Kaylee-Jayde was heard crying “in a fearful tone.”
The jury heard how those living nearby heard bangs, shouts, and crying. Neighbors living beneath Priest’s flat said that “when Kaylee cried, the response appeared to be to drown out her crying with music.”
In a text message exchange between Priest and Redfern on 24 July 2020, weeks before Kaylee-Jayde was killed, Priest told him: “I’m gonna kill her … because she keeps leaving the living room or going in the kitchen, so I’ve paled [hit] her one and smacked her for shitting in her nappy.”
Redfern said: “Good – give her one from me.”
The priest replied: “I will, babe.”
Priest was found guilty of cruelty to a child relating to the youngster’s historical injuries, but Redfern was cleared of that charge.
In a statement released through police after the verdicts, Kaylee’s grandmother Debbie Windmill said the impact of her death would live with her for the rest of her life.
She said: “I could never stop staring at the smile on her beautiful face.
“I loved every moment watching her develop to nearly school age; preparing to buy my first grandchild her pre-school uniform was something that filled me with such happiness.
“I couldn’t wait to see her in it, but this opportunity was stolen from me in the most brutal of ways.
“Everybody deserves the gift of life. Kaylee-Jayde deserved to show the world who she could have been and what greatness she could have brought to this world. Nanny will forever hold you in her heart.”