After Daniel Rigby was convicted of Rio's murder, a police family liaison officer read a statement on behalf of his family
– Detective Constable Pam Chandler, on behalf of Rio Smedley's family
"Today we have got justice for our beautiful son, grandson, brother and nephew Rio.
"We have to live every day without Rio and for the rest of our lives we will never see him grow into a lovely young man.
"No matter how long that monster gets, he will still have a life.
"We wish we could say that we could start to re-build our lives, but the hard work is just beginning.
"I don't like the word hate, but I truly hate that monster for taking our cheeky monkey Rio away from us."
– Jan Urey, senior crown prosecutor
“This was a wicked attack against a vulnerable and defenceless child, perpetrated by Daniel Rigby. The injuries suffered by Rio were brutal and could not have been inflicted accidentally, as Rigby had claimed in an attempt to hide what he had done.
“Today, a jury has decided that Rigby caused Rio’s death and that Kirsty Smedley betrayed her responsibility to keep her child safe from Rigby’s violence.”
Manchester Crown Court heard Daniel Rigby beat and stamped on two-year-old Rio.
The toddler's injuries were so severe his liver was split in two.
His mother, Kirsty, will not be sentenced today.
She has been remanded into custody until expert reports can be written and sent to the judge.
A judge at Manchester Crown Court has jailed Rio Smedley's killer Daniel Rigby for life, with a minimum term of 17 years.
Daniel Rigby has been found guilty of murdering two-year-old Rio Smedley. He beat the two-year-old until his liver ruptured.
A jury at Manchester Crown Court has also convicted Rio's mother, Kirsty Smedley, of allowing his death.
The jury in the Rio Smedley murder trial have retired to consider their verdicts.
The two-year-old boy died after suffering 91 separate injuries.
His mother's boyfriend, Daniel Rigby, is accused of murder. He denies the charge.
His mother, Kirsty, is also charged with allowing his death. She also denies the charge.