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Inquest into death of murdered toddler Star Hobson concludes

The inquest into the death of toddler Star Hobson has been formally concluded by a coroner in Bradford <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
The inquest into the death of toddler Star Hobson has been formally concluded by a coroner in Bradford (Image: Newsquest)

THE inquest proceedings into the death of murdered toddler Star Hobson have been officially concluded, a coroner has confirmed.

Star died from catastrophic abdominal injuries caused by blunt force trauma on September 22, 2020. She was 16 months old.

Senior coroner Martin Fleming ended proceedings at a hearing held at Bradford Coroners' Court on Monday, February 13.

It was Mr Fleming's view that "there was no sufficient reason to hold an inquest following the actions and investigations that have taken place".

Mr Fleming added at the findings of a national review and an inquiry into the police's handling of the case on Star’s death had both been shared with the toddler’s family.

Savannah Brockhill, 28, the girlfriend of Star's mother Frankie Smith, was jailed for life,  with a minimum term of 25 years, for the murder of Star at their flat in Wesley Place Keighley, on September 22, 2020.

Meanwhile, Smith, 20, was initially jailed for eight years for causing or allowing her death following a trial held at Bradford Crown Court in December 2021.

But this eight-year sentence was quashed in March last year at the Court of Appeal following a hearing. It was extended to 12 years which she must serve in a Young Offenders' Institution.

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