A British mum has been found guilty of murder after fatally scalding her 19-month-old daughter with boiling water before she delayed seeking help so she could cover her tracks.
Gracie Crowder was pronounced dead in hospital after suffering deep burns to 65 per cent of her body at the family’s Manfield, Nottinghamshire home on March 6, the BBC reported.
Katie Crowder wept as she was convicted of murder at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, The Sun reported.
During the trial, jurors heard Crowder had told police she had been “cleaning up a mess from the puppy” when she found her daughter face down.
But Prosecutor Sally Howes QC had revealed a post-mortem examination had listed Gracie’s cause of death as “scalds and thermal burns from exposure to hot liquid”.
Experts estimate it would have taken the infant “in the region of an hour” to succumb to her injuries.
‘Why the delay?’
“You may ask – why the delay in calling for help? It is the Crown’s case that the delay was Katie Crowder covering her tracks – she knew what she had done,” Howes said, according to the outlet.
“She was clearing up, she was clearing away, she was thinking about a way of explaining what she had done.”
The prosecution alleges Crowder spent an hour “cleaning up” before taking Gracie to her parent’s house, telling them “she’s dead, she’s dead”, according to the BBC.
Howes told the jury cocaine was also found in the defendant’s blood following the incident.
She will be sentenced at a later date.