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Man who murdered toddler given life in jail

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a two-year-old by kicking her in the stomach after becoming frustrated at her for soiling herself.

20-year-old Dean Harris was found guilty at an earlier hearing and will serve a minimum of 17 years behind bars.

His partner's daughter, Amina Agboola, was found injured and limp at her home near Peterborough in November and died later that day in hospital.

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Dean Harris' confession letter to Amina's family

Dean Harris who has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 2-year-old Amina Agboola wrote a letter to her family confessing to the killing. Parts of the letter have been released by police in which he describes the moment he killed Amina and apologises to her family.

Dean Harris' confession letter.

At this point I can remember saying "for ---- sake Mina", I was already in a standing position and the next thing I knew I had kicked her in the stomach. She had gone backwards and landed on her front about six feet away. I realised what I had done and went to pick her up. She was crying at this point and I could tell it had winded her because of the way she was talking. I picked her up to comfort her, I checked her stomach to see if she was OK. I held her in my arms for around three minutes until she stopped crying. When I went to put her down on the floor to further see if she was OK I noticed that she had become limp....I then panicked.

– Dean Harris
Dean Harris' confession letter.

Everything else that happened after this point, the phone calls, the ambulance, is well documented. I only wish I could take all this back but I can't so I hope the family can find some closure. I would further like to add that none of this was Sarah's fault, she has lost a child, so I think she has suffered enough. I am truly sorry for what I have done. I can no longer cause further anguish by continuing to lie.

– Dean Harris

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