Killer parents ‘boiled’ two-year-old baby to death in scalding bath water as punishment for soiling her nappy

THE KILLER parents who ‘boiled’ their baby to death as punishment for soiling her nappy have been jailed. 

Two-year-old Maddilyn-Rose Ava Stokes died on May 25 2017 after suffering severe burns to her back, buttocks, groin and legs.

Maddilyn-Rose Ava Stokes died in May 2017 after suffering second degree burns

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Maddilyn-Rose Ava Stokes died in May 2017 after suffering second degree burnsCredit: Channel 7
The court heard her father Shane David Stokes, 33, held her under hot water in the bathtub

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The court heard her father Shane David Stokes, 33, held her under hot water in the bathtubCredit: Channel 7

Her parents Shane David Stokes, 33, and Nicole Betty Moore, 26 appeared in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to torture and manslaughter.

The court heard Stokes was holding his daughter under hot water in a bathtub  letting her suffer in ‘excruciating pain’ and causing her second degree burns  in May 20, 2017.

The baby was found unconscious by paramedics, five days later at the family home at Northgate, Brisbane. 

The pair had told police at the time that she had been placed in a hot bath in the days leading up to her death.

According to abc.net.au they refused to seek medical help and attempted to treat her themselves as police found blood-soaked bandages, make-up cleaning pads, and toilet paper at their home.

Little Maddilyn-Rose died from cardiac arrest at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. 

Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden told the court the toddler would have suffered “excruciating pain” in the days before her death.

“She would have been in great misery and pain over that period of time, unable to walk,” she said.

“She would have been dehydrated and weak, unable to eat and drink properly, possibly vomiting — she likely became delirious and unconscious before ultimately going into cardiac arrest and ceasing breathing.”

The girl's parents Shane David Stokes, 33, and Nicole Betty Moore, 26 pleaded guilty to torture and manslaughter

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The girl’s parents Shane David Stokes, 33, and Nicole Betty Moore, 26 pleaded guilty to torture and manslaughterCredit: Channel 7
The girl was found unconscious at her home at Northgate, Brisbane on May 25

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The girl was found unconscious at her home at Northgate, Brisbane on May 25
Maddilyn-Rose died from cardiac arrest at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

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Maddilyn-Rose died from cardiac arrest at Lady Cilento Children’s HospitalCredit: Channel 7

On Monday, Stokes was sentenced to 11 years in jail and Moore was given a nine-and-a-half-year jail term over the death of their daughter.

Justice David Jackson told the pair: “Your abject failure to carry out your duties as parents at any time after she was burned caused her death.

“It’s horrifying to contemplate the suffering your daughter endured at your hands -none of it should have happened.”

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