A woman who denied smothering her toddler girl after an intense fight with her former boyfriend admitted during trial on Monday that she did indeed kill her child.
For around nine months, Cody-Anne Jackson, 20, of Stoke-on-Trent, England, maintained that her 2-year-old daughter, Macey Hogan, died in her sleep while sleeping between two pillows. Yet, a day prior to the toddler’s death, Jackson sent a text message to the child’s father, Paul Hogan, indicating that it would be the last photo of the little girl.
“Sorry, just thought you deserved one last picture and memory of her.”
During trial, prosecutors alleged that Jackson, who’s known to socially isolate and harm herself, was upset at Hogan for ending their relationship, and felt the ultimate way to take revenge on him was to take his daughter away from him.
On October 10, 2016, Jackson smothered Macey, then tried to kill herself before dialing the police. Authorities smashed into her home and found Jackson with knife wounds on her body and a suicide note close by. Macey was lying dead in the home on the bedroom floor, with her tiny body pushed against the bedroom door. Jackson was taken to the hospital where she recovered with no substantial injuries.
According to forensic pathologist, Dr. Alexander Kolar, Macey had been dead for at least 30 minutes before medical help arrived. He noted that the child showed signs of haemorrhaging across her eyelids and forehead, which indicated Macy was likely smothered with a towel or some sort of cloth.
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“The most striking feature I could identify was the presence of petechial haemorrhages on the forehead, eyelids and inner eyelids. The haemorrhages are extremely prominent. That involves a broad surface ligature or a broad neck hold. An example of a broad ligature would be a towel or surface cloth.”
The court accepted Jackson’s guilty plea, but Detective Inspector Dan Ison, of the Staffordshire Police, said that “nothing can ever replace Macey.”
Jackson’s sentence has not yet been decided. She’s scheduled for sentencing in late July. Check back with Crime Online as additional details become available.
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