Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Stepmother Killed Girl, 5, Who Came to Live with Her Father'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Stepmother Killed Girl, 5, Who Came to Live with Her Father'

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

A GIRL aged five died at the hands of her stepmother nine months after coming to Britain for a better life, the Old Bailey heard today.

Annastacia Williams suffered major head injuries but her body also bore marks probably caused by the prongs of a fork and a human bite, the jury was told.

At first doctors believed she had died from an accidental fall down stairs and the body was released for burial. It was only when full-body X-rays were examined later and another fracture and injuries to the shoulder blade and arm were discovered that the body was exhumed, six days after the funeral, the court heard.

Further examination found the marks consistent with fork prongs and a bite, and scarring consistent with being gripped by fingers.

Annastacia had come to London from Jamaica in December 2001 to stay with her father, Ken Williams, and his new girlfriend, Christine Green, in their Islington flat. Richard Horwell, prosecuting, said: "She came for a better life and possibly a new future. Nine months later she was dead and during that time she had been abused by Green.

"Ultimately Green's physical abuse was to take her life. Green had joint care and control of that child but was not the mother or a relative. Williams was the child's father and he failed in his duty to her by ignoring and neglecting her plight.

"It was his paternal duty to stop the abuse and ensure that the injuries were properly treated but he failed to discharge his obligations to his daughter." In September 2001 Green rang 999 and told the emergency operator that the child had "conked out" and was not responding.

When the ambulance arrived Annastacia was lying on her back on a sofa with her fists clenched and her arms pressed against her chest. Her eyes were only half-open and her pupils didn't react to light.

Green said the child had fainted and had fallen down the last three stairs hitting her head, the court heard. …

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