CPS: Rigby sentenced for 'wicked and brutal attack'

Jan Urey, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

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.

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Man jailed for toddler murder

Daniel Rigby, 23, of no fixed abode, has been jailed for life for the murder of two-year old Rio Smedley, the child of his then partner Kirsty Smedley. Ms Smedley was found guilty of allowing his death. She will be sentenced at a later date.