Adam Jackson has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of tragic toddler Grace Thorpe who was just two-years-old when she was fatally wounded by him in New Marske, Cleveland
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A killer jailed for murdering a toddler battered her before feeding her chocolate buttons, it has emerged in court.
Adam Jackson, 27, was sentenced to nearly 16 years in jail at Teesside Crown Court on Monday morning, reports Teeside Live.
Toddler Grace Thorpe was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after emergency services were called to a property in New Marske, Cleveland, on November 10 last year.
She was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle for treatment but tragically died two days later.
Jackson, 27, was charged with Grace’s murder on November 13.
He then did not seek medical attention for the fatally wounded toddler, the court heard.
He instead trying to hide his crimes and offered her “chocolate buttons to try to appease her”, the court heard.
Nick Dry, prosecuting, said: “The findings of the experts ruled out accidental causation of her injuries and pointed clearly instead to their deliberate infliction.”
As Jackson was sentenced to life imprisonment – with a minimum term of 15 years and 166 days – Detective Chief Inspector Peter Carr, said: “Adam Jackson was in parental charge of Grace Thorpe when he attacked her, causing her significant harm.
“Instead of looking after and caring for her he assaulted her, causing her fatal injuries.
“When professionals questioned how Grace had sustained her injuries, Jackson lied.
“He then delayed seeking medical help and tried to conceal his actions, even offering Grace chocolate buttons to try to appease her.
“He continued to lie to Grace’s family and to police to try to cover up what he had done.”
But the lid was lifted on Jackson’s lies when a post mortem examination on the youngster revealed a horrifying catalogue of injuries.
Judge Howard Crowson said the list made for “distressing” reading.
Dr Bolton, a Home Office pathologist, reported on Grace’s injuries after carrying out a post mortem.
He found that Grace had suffered several head injures caused by severe blunt force trauma to her head.
This had caused a fatal injury which caused bleeding to her brain.
The pathologist’s report concluded that Grace had been punched or kicked or forced against an unyielding surface.
There were four further ‘’blunt force’’ injuries to her head which caused devastating injuries.
Hair samples from Grace showed she had been exposed to cannabis and cocaine, the court heard.
Her mother, Alice Quine read a victim statement to the court, saying the loss of her daughter had a devastating effect on the whole family.
And she asked the defendant, who had his head bowed in the dock, why he had not just handed over care of Grace to someone else that day.
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She said: “Nothing justifies the horrible things you have done to my baby, an innocent two-year-old, who would have woken up happy to see you, and you inflicted a brutal attack on her for no reason.”
Jackson admitted the murder of Grace at a hearing at Teesside Crown Court on Monday morning.
Peter Makepeace QC, defending, said Jackson, who has no previous convictions, did not intend to kill Grace, saying it had been a “spontaneous eruption of uncontrolled violence”.
Judge Howard Crowson said Jackson was guilty of a gross breach of trust.