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The pair jailed after tot's death in Cornwall

The pair jailed after tot's death in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:12pm 29th March 2019. (Updated at 3:13pm 29th March 2019)

These are the two people who have been jailed after the death of a toddler in Cornwall.

Little Eve Leatherland who was just 22-months-old when sustained multiple fractures and bruises at her home in Liskeard.

During a three-week-long trial Truro Crown Court also heard how the tot had been poisoned with a fatal dose of codeine.

She was rushed to Derriford hospital back in October 2017 but sadly the little girl could not be saved.

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Eve Leatherland was just 22-months-old when she was beaten and poisoned at home in Liskeard

Eve's mum, Abigail Leatherland, was found guilty of allowing the death of a child but acquitted of manslaughter by the jury.

Her ex-partner, Thomas Curd, was convicted of murder.

Curd, 31, of Watford in Hertfordshire, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 20 years.

Leatherland, 26, of Liskeard, was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

During the trial, the jury saw a number of photos and videos taken by the defendants that showed Eve looking extremely unwell in the days before her death.

They also saw pictures of her blood-stained mattress.

Prosecutor Sean Brunton QC said Eve's injuries were ‘most commonly associated’ with those that would be sustained in a car crash.

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Eve's mum, Abigail Leatherland, was jailed for 3.5 years for causing or allowing the death of a child

The court heard Eve's ribs and skull were fractured and refractured in ‘at least three’ attacks, and she was poisoned with the painkiller in an attempt to mask the injuries.

Eve had almost certainly been dead for several hours before her mother dialled 999, the jury was told, as there were already signs of rigor mortis.

Police and ambulance were called to an address in Liskeard at around 12.45pm on 5 October 2017 and found Eve unresponsive. She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital but died shortly afterwards.

An investigation was launched by the Major Crime Investigation Team in Bodmin and the couple were charged in September 2018.

The Judge, Honourable Mrs Justice May, told the court how Eve had been a 'healthy young child' but had gone 'rapidly down hill'.

Speaking to Leatherland she said: "You didn’t cause Eve’s death but allowed it to happen."

And she told Curd: "You failed Eve over and over again".

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Thomas Curd, Abigail Leatherland's ex-pertner, was handed a life sentence to serve a minimum of 20 years

“Today's sentencing draws to a close what has been an 18-month investigation.

"Eve Leatherland was subjected to a series of assaults, and was also given a fatal overdose of an adult painkiller, all in the space of the few days before her death.

“This has been a challenging case, as there was no information as to how Eve was harmed from the two adults who had her care during the relevant period.

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Police say Eve's death was tragic and has affected the local community - but says cases like this are very rare 

"The circumstances have touched all who have been involved, from the first paramedics and medical staff, through my investigation team, those involved with the court process, and finally those who knew and cared for Eve during her short life.

"What this case does show is that where the most vulnerable in society are assaulted in this way, one can expect the authorities to turn every stone to ensure the truth emerges.”

Detective Inspector Steve Hambly, of the Major Crime Investigation Team in Bodmin

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