Yorkshire man jailed for killing little girl who called him ‘dad’

Adam Jackson, 27, admitted to killing his partner’s two-year-old daughter, Grace Thorpe (Image: PA/REX)

A man who murdered his partner’s young daughter in a ‘barbaric, violent and painful attack’ has been sentenced to life in prison.

Two-year-old Grace Thorpe was left in the care of her mother’s then-boyfriend Adam Jackson, whom she was encouraged to call ‘dad’.

But instead of taking care of her, the 27-year-old broke out into violence, hitting her at least seven times, minutes after her mother Alice Quine left for work.

Grace suffered a broken jaw, broken leg, brain bleed, and bruises to her face and body after she was attacked in a high chair. She died in hospital two days after the attack.

Trying to hold back tears, Mrs Quine described her daughter as ‘the happiest little girl’ with an ‘contagious’ laugh as Jackson bowed in the dock at Teesside Crown Court on Monday.

She said: ‘My life hasn’t been the same since the day I lost Grace and it never will be. I lost everything in that moment.

‘Grace’s sister is not the child she was before this happened. She loves Grace and does everything for her, they have the most amazing love for each other.

Grace suffered a broken jaw, broken leg, brain bleed, and bruises to her face and body after she was attacked in a high chair (Image: PA)
Adam Jackson has been jailed for life at Teesside Crown Court for the murder of a toddler (Image: PA)

‘My Grace is the happiest little girl and never wants anything, she is always content and smiling, her smile is contagious.

‘There are so many things that Grace enjoys watching, playing with and doing; she always likes to play outside and go to the beach, she loves splashing water.

‘All these things I’ll never see Grace do again. I’ll never see her grow up, I’ll never see any more birthdays, first day of school, first bus, first anything.

‘Grace loved and trusted Adam Jackson and he abused that in every way he could. I trusted him with my whole world and he took that away from me in a split second.

‘No matter what sentence is given, it will never match the sentence my family and I will face for the rest of our lives.

‘We will never be able to see or touch Grace again and that is the most heartbreaking thought we have had to endure.’

The court heard how Jackson waited 40 minutes before dialing 999 and telling dispatcher Grace fell off her high chair, a story he stuck around until autopsy evidence proved. that is wrong.

Nick Dry, prosecutor, said: ‘Experts’ findings ruled out accidental cause of her injuries and instead it was only clear that their conduct was intentional.’

Mr Dry also detailed how Jackson could have become ‘mean’ if he didn’t have the money to buy cannabis, which he uses every day.

The court also heard that Grace’s hair samples showed she had been exposed to marijuana and cocaine.

When police arrived at the home in New Marske, North Yorkshire, on November 10 last year, they found the child injured, cold and wearing only a diaper.

Grace was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and then flown to a specialist children’s unit in Newcastle, but doctors were unable to save her.

The court heard that she was born in June 2018 and that her mother separated from her father and moved in with her biological mother.

Ms. Quine began a relationship with Jackson a year before the murder and he moved in with them after locking the door.

Jackson, of New Marske, pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 16 and a half years.

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