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Daycare worker sentenced to 14 years in prison for murder of baby

Roughley had pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and an alternative charge of child cruelty, claiming Genevieve’s death was a “terrible and unavoidable accident.”

He claimed the staff to child ratio at Tiny Toes had “gradually worsened” and his lawyer Sarah Elliott KC reminded the jury that senior managers had a live CCTV feed of the baby’s room where Genevieve was fighting for her life.

But prosecutor Peter Wright KC told the jury Roughley had “acted against” Genevieve in the days before her death.

She was recorded mockingly singing “Genevieve go home” as the girl cried and was heard calling her “vile.”

He said Roughley had “punished” Genevieve for the perceived “imposition” the young woman had placed on her time.

Jurors cried at the start of the trial as they watched CCTV footage from the baby’s room, which showed a “virtually immobilized” Genevieve becoming increasingly distressed between 1.35pm and 3.12pm.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Charlotte Whalley, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Due to Kate Roughley’s lack of remorse and her refusal to take responsibility for her actions, Genevieve’s family have been forced to repeatedly relive the worst day of his life, with his most painful memories made public.”

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