Mum 'branded daughter, 1, "evil" in text to lover & mocked her falling off chair before stomping her to death'

A MUM branded her baby daughter "evil" in a text to her lover and mocked her falling off her chair before stomping her to death, a court heard.

Frankie Smith, 20, and Savannah Brockhill, 28, are accused of causing "catastrophic" injuries to Star Hobson then pinning her death on a toddler.

Harrowing footage has been shown to jurors at Bradford Crown Court leading up to the killing on September 22 last year.

One shows the 16-month-old tumbling to the floor and pulling a chair on top of her as neither woman comforts her, it is said.

Instead, jurors were shown how Brookhill edited the "slow-mo" footage to include dramatic music before sending it to a pal with the message: "F***ed it".

Other clips include footage of Star looking badly bruised with a swollen cheek and marks to her foreheard.

The crying toddler can also be seen painfully climbing up a flight of stairs while suffering from a broken shin as both women force her to walk, jurors were told.

Text messages Smith and Brockhill shared also allegedly detail the abuse Star was subjected to.

The mum asks her partner to "stay away" in one text as her "fingers are bruised".

She also tells Brockhill: "The marks on this baby is ridiculous, what's happened to her foot? I'm not blaming you by the way, I'm just asking x"

Smith also brands Star "evil" after the youngster got into her make up and put lipstick on her face.

In another text, Brockhill tells Smith the girl is a "brat" while she is stood coughing in the corner with her red-marked hands on the wall.

The couple also made a number of Google searches in the days before Star's death, asking: "How long can your body last without sleep?"

They also searched "how long can you sit in the cold?" and "what takes bruising and swelling down?"

Jurors were told the couple tore the main vein carrying blood back to the heart from the legs and other organs had been torn.

Star, who suffered major blood loss, also had a split to the liver, a tear to the bowel and bruising on her lungs and pancreas, it is said.

The court heard how the injuries were caused by a severe and forceful blow or blows, “either in the form of punching, stamping or kicking to the abdomen”.

After allegedly stamping on baby Star, Smith and Brockhill then waited 15 minutes before calling for help.

The couple also searched online for "shock in babies" and "how to bring a baby out of shock", jurors heard.


Paramedics arrived at the home in Keighley, West Yorks, on September 22 last year to find Star lifeless, pale and wearing only a disposable nappy.

The court was told she was in cardiac arrest and as they attempted CPR, Star vomited "large amounts" of brown material.

She was airlifted to hospital but sadly couldn't be saved and was declared dead shortly after.

Prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC said: "The reality is that the injuries suffered by Star were so catastrophic that there never was any real chance of saving her life."

When quizzed by police, they suggested the injuries were caused by a two-year-old child, which the prosecution branded "absurd".

Medics instead said the "degree of force" inflicted on Star was "so great" it was "quite impossible for the doctors to envisage it could have been inflicted by a child".

Mr MacDonald said: "The effect of such injuries was immediate and heavy bleeding into the abdominal cavity, which caused a catastrophic drop in blood pressure and unconsciousness and death within seconds to minutes.

“The assault or assaults that killed Star clearly involved the use of severe force and were obviously intentional. This little girl suffered no accidental death.

“It is the prosecution case that she was killed by the intentional infliction of injury and that the person or persons who inflicted these injuries intended, at the very least, to cause really serious harm to a helpless young child and that, in those circumstances, they are guilty of murder."


Doctors also discovered a number of "significant injuries" the baby had suffered "at different times during her short life", it was said.

This included two fractures to the right shin bone "caused by forceful twisting", a fractured skull and an old brain injury.

Star had lived with Smith’s grandmother and her partner from February 2020 until late April and was said to be a happy baby.

But the prosecutor said that changed when she returned to live with her mum.

Mr MacDonald added: “Throughout the period when these injuries were caused, Star was supposedly in the care of these two defendants who were partners.

“Despite the catalogue of injuries of which we have spoken, at no time was Star taken for medical help other, of course, than that 999 call made in the last hour and 15 minutes of Star’s life.

“It is also the case that Social Services, who were aware of Star’s case, were kept away from Star.”

Smith and Brockhill deny charges of murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

The trial continues.

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