Aunt says killer mum must be jailed after walking free for shaking baby to death

The great aunt of a 10-week-old baby shaken to death by her mum has vowed to challenge a judge’s decision to let the tot’s killer walk free.

Lauren Saint George, 25, was found guilty of infanticide last week after she shook her 10-week-old baby Lily-Mai to death in 2018.

She was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter after the Old Bailey heard she had postnatal depression.

Judge Spencer said the mum was clearly suffering from the effects of the birth when she took the child’s life.

He told Saint George that she would not be sent to jail when she is sentenced next month.

But Lily-Mai’s great-aunt, Jane Sweeting, is furious about the decision and has vowed to appeal.

She took to social media to ask for support in her views about Saint George.

Mrs Sweeting, 45, wrote on Facebook: “How is this even justice?

“Lily-Mai lost her life at the hands of this woman. Please let’s put Lauren St. George behind bars.”

The grieving relative added that Lily-Mai was deeply loved by her and her husband – as well as by her dad and granddad.

The tot’s father Darren Hurrell stood trial alongside Saint George. However, he was cleared of all charges.

She wrote of Saint George: “This evil person… committed an act that resulted in the death of her baby girl Lily-Mai.”

Mrs Sweeting previously said Saint George had refused to see her daughter in hospital after giving birth which should have raised warning alarms.

She slammed Haringey Council for letting Lily-Mai leave hospital, despite opposition from doctors.

“Why not take Lily-Mai when they had the chance?,” she told the Daily Mail.

Haringey Council has previously been blamed over the Baby P and Victoria Climbi child abuse cases.

Following Saint George’s conviction, Mr Justice Spencer told her: “It is quite clear to me you were depressed, still suffering from the effects of the birth at the time you committed the act that caused the death and the verdict of infanticide is one that has traditionally evoked sympathy rather than punishment.”

He told the sobbing mum she would receive a suspended sentence.

The charge is an alternative to murder where a mother kills her child while her mind is disturbed by a failure to recover from the effects of childbirth.

Lily-Mai was born prematurely and died just eight days after being discharged from hospital in 2018.

She suffered 18 rib fractures, two fractures in her leg and severe bruising and died from a serious head injury.