Star Hobson’s devastated grandfather took his own life on daughter’s birthday

Andrew Smith (right) took his life as he struggled to cope with the death of Star Hobson (Image: MEN Media/Facebook)

Star Hobson’s grieving grandfather committed suicide on the birthday of her mother, who was responsible for the toddler’s death.

Before taking his own life, Andrew Smith, 50, sent a card to his daughter Frankie Smith’s cell, which read: ‘You take care of yourself and I will take care of the baby.’

Yesterday, Star’s mother was cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing the death of her child at their home in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on September 22 last year.

Her partner, Savannah Brockhill, 28, has been found guilty of murder and both will be sentenced later today.

For months, they forced Star through a campaign of physical and psychological abuse before the girl suffered ‘extremely catastrophic’ injuries that resulted in her death.

Now, it is revealed that Mr Smith took a drug overdose in June of this year as he struggles to come to terms with what his daughter did.

His father, Frank, 68, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was one of five people contacted by social services with concerns about Star’s bruise and how she was treated.

Andrew sent a letter to his daughter in prison, which read: ‘You take care of yourself and I’ll take care of the baby (Image: Facebook)
The Hobson star was just 16 months old when she died of ‘catastrophic injuries’ at home (Image: PA)
Frankie Smith (left) and her partner Savannah Brockhill (right) will be sentenced today

I said Sun: ‘He had a handprint on his window as a baby and never washed it off. He couldn’t handle it and so he made it for Frankie’s birthday.

‘It’s really horrible. When they found him, Star’s coat was beside him. My son did what he did and has 50 years of his life, he only has a few months. ‘

Questions remain as to how easily Smith and Brokchill convinced social services that the bruises and marks on the girl’s body were accidental.

They managed to defraud the authorities by claiming that people who disagreed with their same-sex relationships, or people of Romany descent from Brockhill, had maliciously raised complaints.

Frank added: ‘It’s unbelievable and I can’t accept it. It made me depressed. You put your trust in the authorities to do something and they let you down. ‘

He said that Smith swore to take her own life, in a letter in prison to Andrew before he died.

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Little Star suffered a campaign of physical and psychological abuse before her death (Image: SWNS)
The girl’s biological mother, Smith, was cleared of murder but was convicted of a lesser charge of causing or allowing the toddler’s death (Image: PA)
The pair are said to have had a ‘toxic relationship’ for the 11 months leading up to Star’s murder (Image: Ben Lack Photography Ltd)

After Star’s murder, a protective practice review was launched to try and determine what happened.

Prime Minister yesterday Boris Johnson vows to make sure ‘lessons are learned’ about the toddler’s death.

He said: ‘What happened to Star Hobson was shocking and heartbreaking. We must protect children from these barbaric crimes and ensure lessons are learned. ‘

Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said a review is underway into the agencies’ contact with the family.

She added: ‘Star was frustrated and we all wanted to know if there was anything that could have been done differently.’

The Department for Education said Star’s death was ‘deeply disturbing’ and would ‘without hesitation’ remove control of children’s services from Bradford Council ‘if necessary’.

It follows the painful recent case of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, who was tortured, poisoned and murdered by his stepmother Emma Tustin.

An NSPCC spokesman said: ‘Star Hobson’s youth has been brutally cut short and it is appalling that she is harmed by the very people who should have kept her safe.

‘Star has endured months of horrific brutality and violence that no child has ever experienced.

‘This terrible case comes as many of us are still grieving and terrified of what happened to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

‘We must do all we can to stop cruelty and abuse towards children. As always, we urge anyone concerned about the safety or health of a child to contact local authorities, the police or the NSPCC helpline. ‘

The horrific cases of children being abused and dying at the hands of their parents and guardians and will leave many of us wondering: ‘Can I spot the warning signs?’

We talked to the NSPCC about what to watch out for if you suspect a child is being abused and what steps you should take.

Contact our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

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