A couple, including a woman from Rochdale, have been found guilty after a toddler was murdered in Wythenshawe in January last year.
36-year old Michael Wild from Shevington Gardens in Wythenshawe, Manchester was found guilty of the murder of 22-month-old Ella-Rose Clover and was sentenced today (Monday 3th June 2019) at Liverpool Crown Court, to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars.
30-year old Sharleen Hughes from College Bank Way, Rochdale, was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and two counts of perverting the course of justice – Hughes is due to be sentenced on Wednesday 5th June 2019 also at Liverpool Crown court.
Michael Wild Photo: GMP
On Sunday 21st January 2018, Ella-Rose was rushed to hospital by paramedics after suffering from a medical episode but despite the best efforts of paramedics the toddler tragically passed away.
Detectives were immediately alerted to suspicious circumstances by hospital staff and an investigation was launched.
Over the course of enquiries, officers found that Ella-Rose was often entrusted in the care of Wild and Hughes – the toddlers Godmother and a close family friend.
The court heard how on Friday 19th January, Hughes collected Ella-Rose from her mother to look after her for the weekend.
She was wearing a bandage around her head to cover a wound to her ear which was later determined to have been inflicted by Wild the previous weekend.
Early on Sunday morning, Hughes drove to a shopping centre leaving Ella-Rose in the care of Wild.
Do you have a story for us? Want to tell us about something going on in Tameside, Oldham or Rochdale? Let us know by emailing email@example.com , calling us on 0161 621 6515 , tweeting us @rev962 or messaging us through our Facebook page. All contact will be treated in confidence.