Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Mother found guilty of daughter's murder

A woman has broken down in the South Australian Supreme Court as a jury unanimously found her guilty of murdering her young daughter.

The death happened at Swan Reach on the River Murray in November 2005.

The jury was told that Tracey Lee Smith fatally bashed her daughter Ti-Aysha because the 21-month-old would not eat her baked beans.

24-year old Smith denied killing Ti-Aysha and tried to pin the blame on her former de facto partner Adam Troy Barty.

After nearly 12 hours of deliberation, the jury rejected Smith's story and found her guilty of murder.

She broke down as she was led from the dock, facing a mandatory life prison term.

Justice Kevin Duggan will hear submissions in July for setting a non-parole term.

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