Murdered toddler Ayeeshia Smith's mother weeps as she is jailed for 24 years


A mother has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years after being found guilty of murdering her toddler daughter Ayeeshia Jane Smith by stamping the child to death.

Kathryn Smith, 23, was convicted by majority verdict at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday after a six-week trial of her and ex-partner Matthew Rigby, 22.

Rigby was convicted of causing or allowing little Ayeeshia's death at the family home in Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire on May 1, 2014, but cleared of her murder.

Smith wept constantly as she was sentenced by Mrs Justice Geraldine Andrews.