A dad has been found guilty of cruelty after the death of his 18 week-old baby daughter who was left in front of a gas fire on its highest setting.Kayleigh Sheard was found by paramedics and was declared dead minutes later. She suffered burns to her face and also had bite marks and extensive fractures to her right shoulder and arm from the weeks before her death.
Her cause of death could not be determined and her parents were charged with cruelty to a person under 16. The court heard that Sheard claimed he put little Kayleigh in front of the fire “to wake her up”.
He phoned for an ambulance around 4.10am on September 30, 2013 saying she was in a collapsed state and felt hard. He said she was fine when he put her bed, adding “I don’t know what happened”. The attendants found what turned out to be the body of Kayleigh, sitting in that bouncy chair in the living room. The gas fire on the was burning at is maximum heat.
Kayleigh was dressed in a babygrow and a pair of white socks, her face was covered in Sudacrem, it was clear she had suffered burns to her face. There was evidence of both bites and bruises to her face, head and body. The couple, of Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, are on bail until their sentence date. Her mother, Lucy Damen, had previously pleaded guilty.