Foster mother jailed for six years for shaking toddler to death

Wendy Hardy, 46, assaulted Harry Aspley just months after taking him into her home
A smirking foster mum has been jailed for more than six years after shaking a 23-month-old baby to death and blowing £27,000 of ill-gotten child care fees on a holiday and car.
Wendy Hardy, 46, assaulted Harry Aspley just months after taking him into her home in December 2012.
When he struggled to eat without vomiting on March 26, 2013, she lost her temper and shook him so violently he suffered massive brain injuries.
Hardy then dumped him back in his crib at her home in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, only calling an ambulance when her husband David returned from work two hours later.

Harry was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary but died of his injuries five days later.
Hardy was yesterday jailed for six-and-a-half years after admitting manslaughter and fraud.
She was initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter when she appeared at Leicester Crown Court in November.
At that appearance, she was seen grinning outside the court room. 
Sentencing her at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, Judge Jeremy Baker said: 'Harry was a very vulnerable child.
'As an experienced foster parent you would have known all too well the risks of treating him in the manner you did.
'Knowing you had seriously injured Harry, you failed to seek prompt medical help.
'After such attention was given to him, you lied about the circumstances of his injuries.'
The court heard Hardy and her husband David, 36, had fostered children from five years from their £300,000 four-bedroom detached home.
In the lead up to and during their time with Harry, the couple had been incorrectly receiving money for fostering two other children no longer in their care.
They spent £27,460 of that money on a new car and a holiday to Turkey.
Mr Hardy earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of converting criminal property.. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years.
The couple were also charged with cruelty due to neglect as Harry lost more than a quarter of his body weight during the three months in their care.
Those charges were ordered to lie on file and could be proceeded with in the future.


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