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A nanny was found guilty of murdering a “normal and happy” little girl, after shaking and beating the girl so violently that she suffered a fatal brain injury and broken bones.
Sean Sadler, 32, was found guilty of the murder of Lilly Hanrahan by a Birmingham Crown Court jury on Wednesday, West Midlands police said.
Lilly was 21 months old when she was taken to the hospital with a catastrophic head injury and six broken ribs, sustained at her home in Birmingham in November 2017.
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Sean Sadler, 32, of Coriander Close, Northfield, has denied murdering Lilly Hanrahan on November 22 2017.
Murder of Lilly Hanrahan by a Birmingham Crown Court jury on Wednesday?
Although surgeons fought to save her, Lilly’s life support was removed three days later.
Her maternal grandmother, Lesley Hanrahan, cared for Lilly for four months after she was born in February 2016.
Speaking after Sadler’s conviction, the 70-year-old described how her granddaughter “loved to dance,” recalling how the young woman “would listen to music and she would go away.”
Speaking about the impact of Lilly’s death, she added: ‘I have another grandson, you know. And when you look at her, you’d think she’s Lilly and that kills me.
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The girl’s mother was unable to care for Lilly when she was born, so the temporary arrangement with her grandfather lasted until she found Lilly with proper care with a legal guardian, police said.
After being placed with that guardian, Ms. Hanrahan could still see her granddaughter, and the young woman was said to be fine.
But in the spring of 2017, Lilly’s guardian began a relationship with Sadler, who became a regular visitor to the house and often stayed overnight.
The guardian began to notice bruises on Lilly, photographing them since September of that year, and even alerting the child’s nursery so they could monitor the child.
Lilly was in Sadler’s sole care when she suffered a fatal collapse on the afternoon of November 19, 2017.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Lilly suffered a raft of injuries including bruising to the scalp
Sadler, who denied the murder, claimed that Lilly had fallen asleep on the couch after watching television, but that he later called an ambulance when he was unable to wake her.
But doctors at the hospital uncovered her lies when they discovered a series of injuries that included bruises on the scalp under the hair, bleeding behind the eyes, consistent with being shaken, and grip marks on the thighs.
A post-mortem examination found that she had suffered a fatal head injury and six broken ribs, probably due to being violently shaken and thrown against a soft surface, such as the arm of a sofa.
Sadler was also convicted of injuring, after further analysis uncovered a series of recent, healing injuries to the young woman’s body – a total of 40 injuries, including 20 to the head and neck.
The injuries were consistent “with gripping and excessive force or slapping,” police said.
This included three fractured vertebrae and evidence of bleeding in her lungs, which could be dated two to three weeks before she suffered fatal injuries.
After the verdict, Detective Sergeant Al Darby of the force’s homicide unit said: ‘The death of a child is the most tragic event and in these circumstances it is shocking and incomprehensible.
“It took three years to bring Sadler to justice and I thank the medical experts for her diligence and tenacity in examining the evidence and presenting it to the jury.
“I hope today’s verdict brings some comfort to Lilly’s family; my thoughts are with them.”
Sean Sadler Quicks and Facts
- Sean Sadler was found guilty today of the murder of toddler Lilly Hanrahan
- The 21-month-old girl suffered catastrophic head injuries and six broken ribs
- Sadler was in a relationship with Lilly’s legal guardian in November 2017
- Sadler will appear again at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday for sentencing