LITTLE Star Hobson’s mother will be welcomed home when she is released from prison, her family said.
Frankie Smith, 22, has been jailed for eight years for causing or allowing the death of her 16-month-old daughter at the hands of her evil former partner Savannah Brockhill.
Her sentence was then increased to 12 years in March last year after public backlash from judges.
Smith’s ex-girlfriend Brockhill has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years for Star’s murder – and her sentence was deemed “not overly lenient” by the Attorney General.
During the lengthy trial, the jury saw harrowing footage of Star looking badly injured, with a swollen cheek and spots on her forehead.
They also watched clips of the barman, Brockhill, striking and slapping the toddler 21 times over the course of three hours with “considerable force”.
The horrific attack happened in her car – the violent beatings eventually caused Star to fall out of the vehicle.
You could also see the crying toddler struggling up a flight of stairs, suffering from a broken shin, when the monster couple forced her to walk.
In another “disturbing and bizarre” clip, Star was filmed falling off her high chair and falling to the floor while music played overhead.
On September 22, 2021, paramedics rushed to the home and Star was airlifted to the hospital but sadly pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The 16-month-old daughter died in hospital of blood loss after her inferior vena cava – the largest vein in the body – ruptured.
The medics concluded that her injuries were caused by either “punches, kicks, or stomping.”
But despite the horrifying details of his great-granddaughter’s murder, David Fawcett has spoken out about Smith’s sentence – and says he can’t wait to see her released.
David also explained how his step-daughter has adjusted to prison life and is protected by other inmates despite the harrowing nature of her crime.
He told that MailOnline: “There is really only me who visits them. Much of the family cannot bear to see her.”
“She calls her mother. But she calls me almost every day, Frankie, because she’s like a daughter to me – we’ve always hit it off.”
The 63-year-old opened up about how the couple used to “do everything together” and how he “always stood by Frankie”.
He blamed Brockhill for Star’s horrific death and, speaking about Frankie, said, “She was a good kid — it’s just a shame she met the wrong person.”
David called Smith, who has a low IQ of 70, a “monster” Brockhill, “brainwashed” and “abused” – calling her another “victim”.
He previously said of Brockhill: “To me, she was just pure evil. I just can’t believe she could do something like that to a little girl.”
“We were just a quiet, lovely family and she rose from the bowels of hell and completely devastated and ruined our family.”
Meanwhile, Smith’s grandmother still can’t bring herself to watch the little star’s home movies.
“Anita isn’t doing well at all – she’s really having a hard time dealing with looking at pictures of Star. She’s just so upset,” he said.
“As Anita says, she just wants her back. We just want them back with us.”
Other family members also had to witness how their lives were destroyed by the monster couple.
Frankie’s father, 50-year-old Andrew Smith, tragically took his own life after sending a letter to his imprisoned daughter saying he would take care of Star.
“The family was really torn apart,” added David.
“Consistent Pattern of Cruelty”
Dame Victoria Sharp, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, did not consider Smith a “brainwashed” victim.
She previously said Smith displayed a “consistent pattern of cruelty” toward Star in the months leading up to her death.
“The circumstances in which Star has been treated by both of them over an extended period of time are harrowing and deeply disturbing,” she said.
The judge also stated that the offense was compounded by Smith’s failure to seek medical attention for Star and the “continued suffering” she endured.