Mum found guilty of murdering daughter, 1, after scalding her to death

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A killer mum wept in court as she was found guilty of murdering her one-year-old baby by deliberately scalding her whilst high on cocaine.

Katie Crowder, 26, killed her 19-month-old daughter, Gracie, having let her scream in pain whist she covered her tracks.

She was found guilty following a trial that lasted almost three weeks at Nottingham Crown Court.

Jurors were told that the murderous mum spent an hour cleaning up before taking her baby, who would have been in excruciating pain, to her parents home on the same street.

Gracie was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital on March 6, having suffered burns to 65% of her body.

Crowder wept in the dock as she was found guilty of murder. She will be sentenced at a later date.

Jurors were told the amount of cocaine found in Crowder’s blood four hours after the incident was consistent with the defendant having taken the class A drug in the hour before Gracie’s death.

As jurors were relieved of their duties, a woman in the public gallery screamed in apparent frustration, Nottingham Live reported.

Crowder, 26, had denied the single charge of murder, telling police when she was arrested that she “would never hurt” her daughter.

The jury dismissed her claims that she had been “cleaning up a mess from the puppy” and found her daughter face down in the bathroom next to a mop bucket.

The prosecution said a Home Office pathologist had concluded Gracie would have cried out “vigorously” until pain was relieved and she would not have suffered organ failure for around an hour.

On the night of the killing, Katie's own mother, Karen Crowder, asked the accused “what the hell have you done?” after Gracie suffered a cardiac arrest, to which she responded: “I don’t know, I found her like this.”

In her prosecution opening, Sally Howes QC said: “Gracie Crowder’s death was not an instant death. It would have taken in the region of one hour for her to die."

The killer had made comments about her daughter in the past, saying: “I need to get her to nursery, I never get a break at all.”

She was arrested at King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield, and when cautioned, she said: “What? I would never hurt her.”

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