Mother who stamped daughter to death has been stabbed in prison ‘revenge attack’

Kathryn Smith was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering her 21 month old daughter

Women's prison

by Francesca Battson |
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Last month, Kathryn Smith was found guilty of murdering her own daughter Ayeeshia after she continually stamped on the 21 month year old’s chest until death.

And there has now been reports that Kathryn has been attacked by two inmates at Foston Hall women’s prison.

According to The Mirror, Kathryn was punched and stabbed in a four minute beating in the prison, in a stairwell not covered by CCTV.

A source told them: “There had been a lot of talk about attacking Smith, but most people wouldn’t go through with it as they don’t want time added on to their sentences.

"But these two really went for it and left her in a bad way. "No one had any sympathy for Smith. Some staff were saying, ‘What goes around comes around’.”

The alleged attackers used a homemade blade, whilst 10 other prisoners are said to have watched when Kathryn received a two-centimetre cut to her cheek.

A prison spokesperson denied a weapon was used in the attack but said disciplinary action was taken against those involved.

A Prison Service spokesperson also commented on the attack saying: “On Thursday 14th April a prisoner at HMP Foston Hall was allegedly involved in an incident involving two other offenders.

“There is no evidence a weapon was used but the prisoner suffered minor injuries and was treated in the prison.

“The incident was reported to the police and the prison began disciplinary action against those involved.”

Ayeeshia died in hospital in May 2014 after sustaining a tear to her heart, following a massive blow to her chest.

23 year old Kathryn denied all charges against her in court, but was found guilty of murder and child cruelty, with the judge sentencing her to life in prison, with a minimum of 24 years.

It was reported by neighbours that just days before Ayeeshia was found dead, she could be heard saying ‘stop mummy, stop daddy’.

Ayeeshia’s step-dad Matthew Rigby, 22, was also found guilty of causing or allowing the death of the toddler, but was cleared of murder and child cruelty.

Experts described the little girl’s injuries to being similar to those suffered in a car crash or falling from a building several stories high.

Derbyshire County Council took Ayeeshia into care, before returning her to Kathryn and Mathew six months before she died. And just three weeks before her death, they had discussed taking Ayeeshia into care again.

Doctors found more than a dozen injuries from a previous brain bleed, to the tear in her heart that ultimately killed the toddler.

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