– 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.”
Daniel Rigby, 23 and from Tyldesley, Wigan, is accused of murdering two-year-old Rio Smedley. The boy's mother, Kirsty Smedley, 24, is charged with allowing or causing the death of a child. Both deny the charges.