Friday 5 June 2015

Shanay Walker: Aunt and grandmother of tragic 7-year-old who had more than 50 injuries when she died jailed

The aunt and grandmother of tragic seven-year-old Shanay Walker, who had more than 50 injuries on her body when she was found dead in July, have been jailed.
Her aunt Kay-Ann Morris, 24, and grandmother Juanila Smikle, 54, were found guilty of cruelty and today jailed for eight and four years respectively.

Smikle was found guilty of four charges of cruelty against Shanay and three other children. Morris was found guilty of one charge of cruelty against Shanay.
The pair, who were in charge of Shanay's care, were cleared of murder following a six-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.
Harrowing footage shows the child running barefoot to a shop in desperate need of a drink - hours before she died at the home of her evil aunt and gran.
The Hon Mr Justice Macduff said: "Your ill treatment of that little girl was frequent and wicked and lasted over the two years when she was in your care.
"You hit her, taunted her and you abused her in unimaginable ways."
She was living with Morris and Smikle at their home in Bestwood, Nottinghamshire, after her biological mother Leanne Walker, 21, was forced to give her up following depression.
Morris, sister of Shanay's father Vinroy Campbell, became her legal guardian when she turned 21 in 2011 but suffered years of abuse.
Between July 2012 and July 2014 Morris threw Shanay into a wall after she stole water, dragged her by the hair and put clothes in her mouth if she wore the wrong thing.

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