Mansfield child murder sentencing: Live coverage from Nottingham Crown Court as killer mum Katie Crowder finds out her fate

We are here at Nottingham Crown Court for the sentencing of Katie Crowder, the Mansfield mother who scalded her 19-month-old daughter Gracie to death.

By Andy Done-Johnson
Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 10:43 am

The 26-year-old, of Wharmby Avenue, Mansfield, was found guilty of the murder last week, following a 14-day trial, where Crowder’s claims that she had found the toddler unconscious in the bathroom of their home next to an overturned mop bucket were disproved.

Crowder, who was high on cocaine at the time, poured scalding water over her, then watched her die before raising the alarm.

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Katie Crowder was found guilty of murdering her 19-month-old daughter Gracie by scalding her to death

Mansfield child murder sentencing: Live coverage as killer mum Katie Crowder finds out her fate

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 December, 2020, 11:51

  • We are here at Nottingham Crown Court for the sentencing of Katie Crowder, the Mansfield mother who scalded her 19-month-old daughter Gracie to death.
  • Follow our live blog for all the latest updates. 

Barristers are beginning to assemble in Court 2 at Nottingham Crown Court for the sentencing of Katie Crowder.

Crowder has been produced. The judge, his honour Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, has entered court.

Prosecution and defence counsel are currently involved in legal arguments with the judge in relation to what minimum term Crowder should get.

The judge has briefly risen to consider legal submissions. He will begin sentencing shortly.

The judge has described Crowder's actions as "tragic and disturbing".

The judge has ruled out a whole life order for Crowder. He has said the starting point is 15 years.

Judge Baker: "What you did represents a gross breach of trust on a vulnerable child. You failed to seek medical assistance until after she had died, which is a significant aggravating factor."

Crowder has been sentenced to 21 years in prison as a minimum term before she can be considered for parole. This is minus the 281 days she has already served on remand.

The judge has told Crowder that she may never be released. That will be a decision taken by the parole board at the time. She will only be released if it is deemed that she no longer poses a threat to society. 

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