A mother and father who allowed their disabled daughter to become morbidly obese and die will have their jail terms for gross negligence manslaughter reviewed by the Court of Appeal.
Kaylea Titford, who suffered from spina bifida, was found dead at her home in Newtown, Powys in October 2020, after her mother and father allowed the teenager's condition to deteriorate so much she died.
The 16-year-old weighed 22st 13lb with a BMI of 70 at the time of her death in October 2020.
Her mother Sarah Lloyd-Jones, 40, was jailed for six years, while her father, Alun Titford, 45, was told he would spend seven years and six months behind bars in March.
Lawyers representing the Attorney General’s Office will argue at a hearing in London on Friday that their sentences were “unduly lenient” and should be increased.
Titford, who had denied manslaughter by gross negligence, told jurors during his trial he had let his daughter down so badly because he was “lazy” – leaving his partner to look after her.
Care worker Lloyd-Jones, who had six children with Titford, had previously admitted the same charge.
She sent messages to him begging for help, telling him in one: “I’m absolutely exhausted, I can’t cope working and doing everything… all I’ve done is cry all day. I need you to help me.”
Kaylea died after suffering inflammation and infection from ulceration, arising from obesity and immobility.
The family would live off takeaways four or five nights a week and had spent more than £1,000 on meals in the months leading up to her death.
Lewis Power KC, representing Lloyd-Jones, said she became “overwhelmed” during the lockdown.
David Elias KC, representing Titford, said the removals worker worked 50 hours a week and claimed the family had been let down by the authorities – with Kaylea last been seen by a social worker at home in 2017.
Passing sentence last month, Mr Justice Griffiths said the pair had committed “shocking and prolonged neglect over lockdown” but rejected the claim the family had been ignored by the authorities.
“By the end, they were not accessing or accepting any significant help at all for Kaylea,” he said.
“But this was not for reasons beyond their control. It was part of their gross negligence towards the wellbeing of their daughter.”
He said both were equally to blame for the appalling living conditions their daughter found herself.
“He liked working – he did not like helping – and he was as he freely accepted too lazy to help.
“Equally, I do not accept that Sarah Lloyd-Jones can throw the blame onto her husband.
“It was too much for her to do on her own, that I do accept, but it was her duty to ask for help and to accept it from the agencies which over the years she sometimes ignored or turned away.”
The Court of Appeal hearing, before Lord Justice Popplewell and two other senior judges, is due to start at 10am.