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Star Hobson's grandad killed himself aged 50 following the heart-breaking death of the toddler after sending a card to his daughter saying he wanted to be with his grandkid.
Andrew Smith told Frankie Smith "you look after yourself and I'll look after the baby" before taking a fatal overdose of pills last June as he never got over Star's death.
Star died aged just 16 months and her mum Frankie, 20, was yesterday convicted of causing or allowing her death at Bradford Crown Court, Mirror Online reports.
Frankie was cleared of murder and manslaughter, but her pub bouncer lover Savannah Brockhill, 28, was found guilty of killing the toddler in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Andrew's dad, Frank, 68, told The Sun : “He had a handprint on his window from the baby and never washed it off. He couldn’t handle it and so he did it on Frankie’s birthday.
“He sent her a card in prison and wrote, ‘You look after yourself and I’ll look after the baby’. It’s been devastating. When they found him, Star’s coat was at the side of him. My son did what he did and had 50 years of life, that baby had only a few months.”
Frank revealed that Star’s mum had said she would end her own life in prison in a letter to her dad before he actually took his own life.
He said that he was devastated by what had happened and felt that social services had let the family down.
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Frank added: “Whatever Frankie gets she deserves. They’ve been called animals but not even animals do this to their own."
Tiny Star was taken to hospital on September 22, 2020 but the injuries she had suffered were "utterly catastrophic" and "unsurvivable".
A post mortem revealed Star had been repeatedly physically assaulted over the weeks and months before her death. She also had 38 existing separate external injuries, including bruises, cuts, swelling and two rib fractures.
She had two breaks to the right tibia or shin bone caused by forceful twisting. The mending bone had recently been re-fractured and Star had been limping in the weeks before her death.
Star also had 12 cm ‘crazy paving’ style fracture to the back of the skull caused days before her death.
Star suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital in September 2020 during lockdown.
Her murder has disturbing echoes of Baby P, a 17-month-old boy who died in London in 2007.
He suffered more than 50 injuries over an eight-month period, during which he was repeatedly seen by the London Borough of Haringey Children’s services and National Health Service health professionals.
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