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Life For Birmingham Mum Who Murdered Toddler
A mother-of-four from Birmingham has been jailed for murdering 18-month-old Keegan - months after she was made her legal guardian.
Kandyce Downer, from Weoley Castle, was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years after being convicted of killing her toddler at the family home in September 2015.
It took just three hours for jurors to return a guilty verdict at Birmingham Crown Court.
A post-mortem examination had revealed that Keegan, formerly known as Shi-Anne, died from a combination of old head injuries, blunt trauma to the chest, and septicemia.
Speaking to the 34-year-old during sentencing, Mrs Justice Frances Patterson told Downer: "It is a horrible tale of callous conduct and at no stage have you showed any remorse.
"Why you changed from a loving mother to a brutal attacker of a defenceless child is a mystery."
A Serious Case Review is under way following Keegan's death, and the NSPCC has called on the investigation to examine why a Special Guardianship Order was used to place the vulnerable toddler back with her mother.
"Little Keegan did not deserve to be treated so abhorrently in her short life," a spokesman for the charity added.
"We hope this sentence will serve as a warning to deter others who would subject children in their care to such astonishing cruelty."
A man who repeatedly stamped on a woman's head during a brutal attack in a Birmingham car park shoving a dumped fridge-freezer on her as she lay injured on the floor has been jailed for 15 years.
For the first time, armed officers are on board train journeys across Birmingham.
Zahid Hussain found guilty of a terrorism offence after potentially lethal bomb making equipment was found at his home.
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