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.

Keegan Downer

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."

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Club Classics with Roberto

9pm - 1am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Club Classics with Roberto

On TV: 16 Sleeps Til Santa!

11pm - 12am

Watch heart TV

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter