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Birmingham couple jailed for death of 3 yr old child Kaylee Jade

Nichola was messaging her friends and asking them if they liked her selfies while her daughter was dying.

She was talking to somebody about a birthday they had coming up and having normal conversations that girls would have with their friends.

She appeared to be very interested in her own selfies she was posting on the internet.

One witness told the court about an incident when a hungry Kaylee had been seen pleading for food from her mum.

Her sparse bedroom was also a testament to how she was treated by her own mother, who saved up £1,000 from her benefits to buy a BMW for Redfern – seized days later by cops.

The Prosecution said: “Nicola Priest told people who came to visit the flat after her mother contacted Social Services expressing her concerns, that she was in the process of redecorating and that they hadn’t yet done that particular room.

 Nicola Priest did not have a huge amount of money and yet she provided the money for Mr Redfern to buy a family car for around £1,000. She never worked. She saved up £1,000 from her benefits. 

“She withdrew the money and gave it to Mr Redfern’s friend who then went with Mr Redfern to pick this car up from Luton.

 Within six days it was stopped by police because of how it was being driven by Mr Redfern. He had no insurance and the car was seized by the police and crushed.

Nicola Priest ,Kaylee and the baby were in the car at the time that it was stopped by the police.” 

This was a example of her character in court.

Nichola Priest and her violent ex-partner have been jailed for killing the woman’s young daughter during a savage beating in her home.

Little Kaylee-Jayde Priest suffered catastrophic abdominal and chest injuries, including fractured ribs, during the attack at mum Nicola Priest’s home in Stonebridge Crescent, Kingshurst, on 8 August last year.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the injuries were consistent with someone having punched, kicked or even stamped multiple times on the girl.

Little Kaylee-Jayde was found with multiple injuries
Little Kaylee-Jayde was found with multiple injuries

Through CCTV and other enquiries we were able to prove that Priest was in the flat with her partner-of-three-months Callum Redfern at the time.

It’s unclear who delivered the fatal blows or whether both Priest and Redfern played a part.

One of the broken ribs punctured a lung; she was found dead at 11am the next morning when 22-year-old Priest emerged from bed to check on her daughter.

Experts in court concluded that if Kaylee-Jayde had received swift professional medical help following the assault the likelihood is she would have survived.

Redfern, also aged 22, left the address at 8.35pm following the assault.

Priest – described as “addicted to social media” – remained in the flat but ignored Kaylee-Jayde’s plight as she lay fatally injured.

Instead, her attention was on uploading videos and images to Snapchat – including ones of her love bites – and messaging friends and Redfern late into the night.

Blamed each other

Redfern blamed Priest for the violent assault but prosecutors suggested he lashed out at the toddler in frustration on hearing her calls for attention after being put to bed at 7pm behind her security gate.

Pathology tests on the girl’s body also revealed other partially-healed fractures to her sternum, ribs and jaw, which showed it was not the first time she’d been subjected to serious violence. 

None of the injuries had been reported to a doctor or been medically treated and neither Priest nor Redfern were able to explain how these injuries occurred.

And during our investigation police uncovered past message exchanges between the pair discussing physical punishments dished out to the defenceless toddler.

Priest and Redfern, from Temple Street in Dudley, both denied murder and manslaughter but following a six-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court a jury found them guilty of manslaughter.

They were cleared of murder.

Priest was also convicted of child neglect in relation to Kaylee-Jayde’s past injuries. 

Today (6 Aug) Priest was jailed for 15 years and Redfern for 14 years. 

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Adam Jobson from our Homicide Unit, said: “This was a heart-breaking case in which an innocent child has experienced terrible suffering at the hands of those who should be caring for her.

“On the night of the assault they were excited to see each other: their focus was on each other.

The prosecution case was that Kaylee-Jayde was calling out for their attention, she wanted to carry on playing, and they lashed out in frustration.

“There was evidence of past, partially-healed injuries on Kaylee-Jayde’s body.

We believe the level of discipline she was subjected to became increasingly forceful and violent during Priest and Redfern’s relationship, culminating in the fatal assault.

Kaylee-Jayde was just three-and-a-half at the time of her death
Kaylee-Jayde was just three-and-a-half years old at the time of her death

“Throughout our investigation we strived to find out exactly how and why Kaylee-Jayde Priest died… sadly it will only ever be Priest and Redfern who know the exact sequence of events that day. 
 
“My heart goes out to the family of Kaylee-Jayde who loved this little girl and had no idea of the suffering she was enduring.

“I would like to thank our detectives, in-particular DS Naomi Mauchan and our family liaison officers, who worked tirelessly over the last 12 months on this harrowing investigation, with the sole aim of securing justice for Kaylee-Jayde.” 

Grandmother Debbie Windmill said the impact of Kaylee-Jayde’s death would live with her for the rest of her life.

She said: “I could never stop staring at the smile on her beautiful face.

I loved every moment watching her develop to nearly school age; preparing to buy my first grandchild her pre-school uniform was something that filled me with such happiness. 

“I couldn’t wait to see her in it, but this opportunity was stolen from me in the most brutal of ways.

“Everybody deserves the gift of life. Kaylee-Jayde deserved to show the world who she could have been and what greatness she could have brought to this world. Nanny will forever hold you in her heart.”

There were no previous recorded police logs to Priest’s address and no record of her ever having sought medical attention for Kaylee’s historic injuries.  

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