Nicola Priest, aged 23, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter last week. She also received a concurrent three-year sentence for child cruelty.
Her 22-year-old boyfriend, Callum Redfern, received 14 years for manslaughter, at Birmingham Crown Court.
The prosecution alleged the couple inflicted a fatal beating on young Kaylee-Jayde, who interrupted them whilst they were trying to have sex.
Kaylee-Jayde was found dead at the Birmingham flat she lives in, on August 9 2020.
The court heard she was subject to a “sustained and ferocious assault”, which left her with brain injuries and a punctured lung.
Nicola Priest and her boyfriend were found guilty of manslaughter (Image: West Midlands Police )
Just weeks before her death, Kaylee-Jayde appeared in TikTok videos made by her mother.
In one Priest grabs her daughters head, and moves It from left-to-right in rhyme with music as she dances.
In a second Kaylee-Jayde’s arms are grabbed by her mother, who then makes her replicate dance moves.
The court heard Priest only called 999 after her daughter had died.
Kaylee-Jayde with her mother just hours before her death (Image: West Midlands Police)
Addressing Priest and Redfern Mr Justice Foxton QC, who delivered the sentence, said: “On the evening of August 8 you Redfern went to Priest’s flat.
“The two of you went to have sex. Kaylee wanted to stay up and play. There is no direct evidence of what happened next.
“Kaylee was sick more than once during the night as a result of the severe beating. You lost your tempers and it is clear you were joint participants in that assault. You both knew you had seriously injured Kaylee.
“You, Priest did nothing to seek medical help. A prompt call could have saved Kaylee’s life. You both lied repeatedly during interviews.”
The judge added: “From the severity of the injuries caused by the assault it is clear there was an intention to cause serious harm. The injuries were caused by a ferocious assault.
“You and Redfern were equally responsible. You had ample opportunity to raise any concerns. Kaylee was very vulnerable and you were in a position of trust. You did nothing to summon help.”
After the court passed judgement Redfern’s father, Andrew, described Priest as an “evil mother” who “doesn’t deserve kids”.
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The court was shown text messages exchanged between Priest and Redfern exchanged in July, just weeks before Kaylee-Jayde’s death.
Addressing Redfern Priest said: “I’m gonna kill her… because she keeps leaving the living room or going in the kitchen, so I’ve paled [hit] her one and smacked her for s**tting in her nappy.”
Redfern responded: “Good – give her one from me.”
Detective Inspector Adam Jobson commented: “This is a really horrific set of circumstances and I cannot imagine for one second what Kaylee-Jayde’s family must be going through, they’ve lost their three-year-old family member at the hands of her own mother and Nicky Priest’s boyfriend, Callum. It is a grim picture.
“’I don’t think, sadly, we will ever fully know what has happened, we’ll never get that full picture, both have not admitted their own responsibility.
“One thing is clear, Nicky Priest has failed her daughter, she’s failed to protect her and she should be – being a mother to that little girl – the one person who should have been able to protect her.”