Dean Harris killed his 2-year-old daughter because she kept using the bathroom on herself, and he didn’t want to have the responsibility of cleaning her up. This information was exposed to the jury during the murder trial.
According to investigators, Dean Harris kicked his daughter with so much force that she ended up flying six feet across the room, which resulted in her split liver. The paramedics told detectives that Amina’s body looked like a rag doll when they took her to the hospital.
Her father who was found guilty of the crime earlier this year, wrote a letter to his family confessing to the murder of his daughter. He did it so everyone could finally have closure.
In the letter released by Cambridge Police, Dean wrote:
“At this point I can remember saying ‘for —- sake Mina’, I was already in a standing position and the next thing I knew I had kicked her in the stomach. She had gone backwards and landed on her front about six feet away. I realised what I had done and went to pick her up. She was crying at this point and I could tell it had winded her because of the way she was talking. I picked her up to comfort her, I checked her stomach to see if she was OK. I held her in my arms for around three minutes until she stopped crying. When I went to put her down on the floor to further see if she was OK I noticed that she had become limp….I then panicked. Everything else that happened after this point, the phone calls, the ambulance, is well documented. I only wish I could take all this back but I can’t so I hope the family can find some closure. I would further like to add that none of this was Sarah’s fault, she has lost a child, so I think she has suffered enough. I am truly sorry for what I have done. I can no longer cause further anguish by continuing to lie.”
Amina’s mother, 29-year-old Sarah Racqueman, was acquitted of causing or allowing her death in June. Although Sarah admitted two other charges of neglect relating to other kids, and was given a suspended sentence at court this month. During Dean’s trial information surfaced stating that even though warnings were given out by social workers that he had a history of domestic violence, Sarah still let him watch their child. Sarah wanted Dean to watch Amina because she believes in second chances.
“I am pleased with the sentence Dean Harris has received today,” Amina’s father, Rueben Agboola, said in a statement released by police.
“However the grief feels like it has no end. I think about Amina constantly. I still cry every day,” he added. “I go through the motions of living but inside I am somewhere else thinking about my daughter all the time.”
Not only did Amina’s liver split in two, but she had other injuries including a broken wrist.
“This was a horrendous case,” Detective Inspector Alan Page said. “There can be no justification for using violence against any child and Harris will have to deal with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.”