Carl Wheatley,31 was yesterday May 13th found guilty of murder
in the beating death of his 4 year old daughter, Alex Marie.
The father, who attacked his own daughter in a fit of rage, caused 66 injuries to her and knocked out two of
her teeth over a series of savage attacks in the weeks running up to her
death. When he finally called emergency services, they
discovered the lifeless body of Alexa-Marie Quinn and he admitted he had
lost his temper.
The killer had been granted custody of his
daughter just three months before her death on March 12 last year, after
convincing social workers he could look after her. She had previously
been living with foster parents.
During the trial, the court
heard young Alexa-Marie had probably been dead for several hours before
paramedics arrived at their home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Her father
had searched online for how to treat bruising and repair teeth.
A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from extreme blunt
force trauma and the jury heard Wheatley told emergency services: “I got
a bit frustrated and I harmed the poor child.”
The jury returned
a unanimous guilty verdict today at St Albans Crown Court. Wheatley
will be sentenced at the same court on Friday.
Inspector Jerome Kent from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and
Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit led the investigation and said:
“Alexa-Marie suffered horrific injuries at the hands of her father, a
man who should have been protecting her. Not only did he cause
her such significant injury prior to her death, he failed to seek any
help for her, leaving her to suffer.
“Alexa-Marie, who has been
described as a happy child prior to living with her father, died because
he lost his temper and took his frustrations out on her.
age of four she was not able to protect herself from this violent man,
who then went out of his way to ensure no one else could protect or help
her either. This is an extremely tragic case. No child should
ever suffer in this way and our thoughts are with Alexa-Marie’s family
and those who cared for her. I would like to thank them for
their support during this extremely difficult time. I would also like to
thank the officers and other professionals who have worked on this
case; they have shown great professionalism in the face of such
Source: UK Mirror