‘My devil sis­ter should be in jail for killing sweet, spe­cial Amelia’


Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA GRIEVESON-SMITH sun­[email protected]­lystar.co.uk

A MUM who “sac­ri­ficed” her own daugh­ter is “like the devil” and should be in prison, her fam­ily has warned.

Carly Ann Har­ris tried to drown fouryear-old Amelia be­fore burn­ing her to death in the gar­den.

She then left her charred remains wrapped in a white sheet for her fam­ily to find.

When po­lice ar­rived mum-of-three Har­ris told them: “The an­gels told me to do it. Just ar­rest me. It’s ok.” Her two teenage sons saw their sis­ter’s body af­ter she was killed.

Har­ris, 38, was found not guilty of mur­der by rea­son of in­san­ity. She was ruled to be schiz­o­phrenic and a judge or­dered that she be de­tained in a spe­cial­ist men­tal fa­cil­ity in­def­i­nitely.

But her ac­tions have been de­scribed as “devil-like” by her fam­ily, who want a re­trial. They claim new ev­i­dence has come to light and are rais­ing money to pay for a le­gal team to re-ex­am­ine the case.

Har­ris’ sis­ter Tif­fany Wright has spo­ken about the hor­ror in Tony­pandy, south Wales, for the first time.

She said: “I will never for­get re­ceiv­ing that phone call. It was about 10pm in the evening and Carly rang.

“She told me, ‘I’ve killed Amelia’. “Carly said she wishes she’d given Amelia to me. I think she knew what she was go­ing to do.

“I pleaded with her and asked, ‘Please tell me you’ve not done any­thing to that baby?’.

“I was hop­ing she was just un­well, but then she said she’d drowned her, and burned her.

“I’ve spo­ken to my sis­ter since, and ev­ery time I think about that night, my stom­ach flips and I feel sick.”

Tif­fany’s hus­band Mathew Wright, 31, added: “Her daugh­ter is ly­ing six feet un­der in a cold box, while she’s be­ing treated softly in a warm room, hav­ing take­aways each week­end and her own en-suite.

“She should be serv­ing a life sen­tence in prison – ev­ery day we suf­fer this, and we are livid.”

Re­ports have sug­gested that Har­ris’ men­tal health is­sues be­gan as a teenager when she at­tended drug-fu­elled par­ties.

At her trial the court heard that she had been tak­ing am­phet­a­mines in the pe­riod lead­ing up to the killing last June.

Psy­chi­a­trist Dr Ar­den Thomp­son said Har­ris be­lieved she had to kill Amelia to save the world, and that God would then re­turn her daugh­ter to her.

But Tif­fany be­lieves the in­san­ity ver­dict means jus­tice has not been served. The fam­ily has be­gun a cam­paign dubbed #Jus­ticeForAmelia to protest against the ver­dict. Tif­fany said: “We’re de­ter­mined to get jus­tice for Amelia – we need to get her story out there.

We think Carly should be in jail. I never thought she’d be ca­pa­ble of this, and she should have re­ceived a life sen­tence.”

Tif­fany, 30, added: “We want to make peo­ple ques­tion what hap­pened as we don’t think it was so clear-cut.

“Carly’s ac­tions were so evil they were devil-like. It was pure evil.”

Tif­fany said she re­ceived a let­ter from her sis­ter last July, apol­o­gis­ing for her ac­tions. But Tif­fany be­lieves only a re­trial will help her neph­ews come to terms with what hap­pened. She said: “The boys used to be so out­go­ing but now they’re with­drawn. They lost ev­ery­thing that night and I want to be able to give them some­thing back, to love and to spoil them.

“Amelia was just a month shy of her fifth birth­day, a beau­ti­ful lov­ing girl, filled with so much em­pa­thy. She was so full of love and care.”

Con­clud­ing the trial at New­port Crown Court in De­cem­ber, Judge Si­mon Picken told Har­ris: “A richly promis­ing girl met her death at the hands of her mother and in the most hor­rific man­ner.”

Us­ing the hash­tag #Jus­ticeforAmelia, Tif­fany and Mathew have set up a pe­ti­tion which has al­ready got more than 4,000 sig­na­tures.

They are also plan­ning a protest march in their home town later this month.

You can help the fam­ily at: Gofundme. com/mdqfwp-jus­ticeforamelia.


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