Louis Burdett found guilty of murdering 10-month-old Taliqa Fields
A man has been found guilty of the murder of a 10-month-old girl.
Louis Burdett (22) of Aikman Avenue, Leicester, was found guilty after a trial at the city’s crown court.
He has been sentenced to life imprisonment, serving a minimum of 13 years.
During the case the court heard how on July 1, 2011 his girlfriend’s daughter, Taliqa Fields, was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary after Burdett called an ambulance, stating that she had gone limp. She died the next day in hospital.
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Burdett had been looking after the youngster and her two-year-old brother at their home in Drummond Road, off Abbey Lane, Leicester, while their mother, Zoe Harman, was at college.
In a statement released by police after the verdict the parents of Taliqa said: “We are absolutely devastated by what has happened to our daughter.
“Every day is incredibly hard to get through. We used to get up in the morning and bath and dress her and now we have none of that as it was taken away from us. Some days we struggle to even get out of bed. We feel lost.
“Seeing our family and friends playing with their children can be really hard as it brings back so many memories for us. It should be us sat there playing with Taliqa and it is really heart breaking that we can’t.
“In her short life Taliqa brought so much happiness to us. She was a lovely girl who loved dancing and was always happy and smiling. We have so many fond memories of her.
“What happened is such a waste of a life – she was just 10 months old.”