Haunting videos show adorable Star Hobson, 1, just months before she was stomped to death by mum's killer lover

HAUNTING videos show tragic Star Hobson just weeks before she was brutally murdered by her mum's killer lover.

The 16-month-old girl was stomped to death by Savannah Brockhill, 28, after suffering a catalogue of horrific injuries.

She put Star in a "choke slam" to punish her and made her face the wall if she misbehaved.

Star's mum Frankie Smith, 20, also called her names like "little c***" while her partner swung her by the legs.

Brockhill was today convicted of murder, while Smith was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Poignant videos have now emerged of little Star just months before her death on September 22 last year.

In one, the youngster looks adorable in a summer dress and pink flower bow in her hair.

She is being held by Brockhill as they stand in what appears to be a park.

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Brockhill showers her with kisses and asks if she's a "pretty girl".

She then tells her she's a "spoilt pretty girl" as she plays with her while the youngster looks out of shot.

As the youngster fails to raise a smile, the monster continues asking: "Are you a serious girl?"

The video was posted on Smith's Facebook on August 30 – just weeks before Star was murdered.

Another on July 12 shows Smith posing for the camera before asking Star: "Do you love your mum?"

The camera then pans to the toddler, who is sitting on the floor next to the bed.

After she fails to answer, Smith poses the question again – with Star eventually saying she does after a delay.

A caption along the bottom reads: "She had to think about it but she does".

Little Star had been a "happy baby" while living with her great-gran Anita Smith and her partner David Fawcett.

She had moved in with her loved ones as Smith, whose IQ places her at the bottom two per cent of the population for intelligence, was unable to look after her.

The court was told how "very immature" Smith was helped by her family when Star was born as she often "struggled" and was "lazy and neglectful".

She then began a relationship with Brockhill in Christmas 2019 before they moved into a new flat in Keighley together in June last year.

Star then was ripped from the loving home and sent back to live with her mum and "toxic" Brockhill at their house of horrors.

While there, she was often seen by concerned loved ones looking bruised and "depressed" as she was subjected to physical and emotional abuse.

Jurors were forced to watch harrowing footage of Star looking badly bruised with a swollen cheek and marks to her forehead during the trial.

The crying toddler could also be seen painfully climbing up a flight of stairs while suffering from a broken shin as both women made her to walk.

In another clip, Brockhill appeared to punch Star while sitting in a car just days before her death.

Brockhill and Smith had made a number of haunting Google searches in the days before Star's death, asking: "How long can your body last without sleep?"

They also searched "how long can you sit in the cold?" and "what takes bruising and swelling down?"

On September 22 last year, paramedics raced to the home to find Star lifeless, pale and wearing only a nappy.

She was in cardiac arrest and as they attempted CPR, Star vomited "large amounts" of brown material.


Star was airlifted to hospital but sadly couldn't be saved and was declared dead shortly after.

Prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC said: "The reality is that the injuries suffered by Star were so catastrophic that there never was any real chance of saving her life."

When quizzed by police, Brockhill suggested the injuries were caused by a two-year-old child, which the prosecution branded "absurd".

Medics instead said the "degree of force" inflicted on Star was "so great" it was "quite impossible for the doctors to envisage it could have been inflicted by a child".

Mr MacDonald said: "The effect of such injuries was immediate and heavy bleeding into the abdominal cavity, which caused a catastrophic drop in blood pressure and unconsciousness and death within seconds to minutes.

“The assault or assaults that killed Star clearly involved the use of severe force and were obviously intentional. This little girl suffered no accidental death."

Star's death came just months after Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was tortured to death by his stepmum Emma Tustin and dad Thomas Hughes.

Boris Johnson has now vowed to bring in a new “Arthur’s Law” so evil child killers will die behind bars.

The Prime Minister told The Sun: “Anyone who plans then carries out the murder of a child should never be released from prison.

“So we’re toughening the law to make whole-life orders the starting point for such abhorrent crimes.”

Smith and Brockhill will be sentenced tomorrow.

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