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Man found guilty of killing toddler

|News, Violent crime

A man has been found guilty of the murder of 21-month-old Lilly Hanrahan.

Sean Sadler, 31, denied inflicting Lilly’s injuries but was convicted today (24 March) of murder at Birmingham Crown Court. He was also convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Lilly on a previous occasion.

On 19 November 2019, Lilly was taken to hospital having sustained a catastrophic head injury while being cared for by Mr Sadler at home. Despite medical treatment, she tragically died three days later as a result of her injuries. Lilly was found to have also suffered other injuries in the weeks prior to her death.

The prosecution’s case was that all of Lilly’s injuries were inflicted deliberately by Sean Sadler while she was in his care - and today’s verdict shows that the jury agreed. He will be sentenced on 26 March 2021.

Hannah Sidaway, of CPS West Midlands, said: “Lilly was described as a happy and bubbly little girl and a much-loved family member. This was an extremely complex case in which the prosecution instructed a number of medical experts to give evidence about Lilly’s injuries and to rule out non-accidental causes.

"The Crown Prosecution Service worked closely with West Midlands Police from the outset of the investigation. I would extend my sincere condolences to all of those who have suffered from Lilly’s tragic loss.”

Notes to editors

  • Hannah Sidaway is a Specialist Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

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