Family of murdered two-year-old Macey Hogan may never know how she died
A young mother who murdered her two-year-old daughter in a “wicked and appalling” act has been ordered to serve life with a minimum term of 16 years and 114 days
Cody-Anne Jackson suffocated Macey Hogan on 10 October 2016, but waited several hours before making a phone call to 999.
Before the killing, she had sent a photo of Macey to the child’s father, along with the message: “Savour the last ever picture… possibly see you in court.”
Jackson, from Stoke-on-Trent, had also written a suicide note which said: “There’s nothing for me or Macey, life’s shit.”
The 20-year-old, of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, denied murder but changed her plea part-way through her trial.
She was jailed for life at Stafford Crown Court.
His Honour Judge Michael Chambers QC told the young mother she had committed a “wicked and appalling act”.
She also tried to take her own life because she was angry and resentful towards Macey’s father after he ended their relationship a week earlier, the court heard.
Staffordshire Police released the harrowing 999 call made by Jackson after she smothered the little girl.
The little girl’s body was found on the floor in a bedroom on the morning of 10 October last year after officers broke into her home.
Jackson, who was in the same room attempting CPR, was found with “superficial” chest, neck and wrist injuries.
She had written a suicide note before the killing, stating: “There’s nothing for me or Macey.”
Before changing her plea, Jackson claimed she woke up and found Macey’s cold body next to her in bed, in between two pillows.
During the trial, pathologists gave evidence that Macey was most likely to have died after being smothered or having pressure applied to her neck.
Judge Chambers, the Recorder of Stafford, told her: “You have had the courage to plead guilty and recognise the enormity of what you have done.
“I accept that may not have come easy but this remains a very serious case – for a mother to kill her young child, who depends on her for protection above all others, is a wicked and appalling act.
“This is not a case where you suffered from mental illness. The clear inference is that you thought about killing yourself and decided to kill Macey as well to prevent her having a life without a mother.
“That was an expression of utter self-absorption.”
Mother sent ‘last photo’ of child to ex before killing her
A jilted mum who sent the dad of her daughter a final picture of the two-year-old before smothering her with a towel has finally pleaded guilty to murder.
Cody-Anne Jackson of Stoke-on-Trent had claimed Macey suffocated while sleeping in bed with her.
She said she woke up to find her daughter lying lifeless between two pillows next to her in bed.
But yesterday afternoon on the six day of her trial Jackson sensationally changed her plea to guilty.
Stafford Crown Court heard she sent the toddler’s dad Paul Hogan, 22, a picture of Macey, saying: “Sorry, just thought you deserved one last picture and memory of her.”
Two days later police smashed their way into her home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, and found Macey dead and Jackson, who was 19 at the time, with superficial knife wounds.
She had left a suicide note, reading: “I sit here thinking about killing my own daughter and then killing myself.
“I do not want to leave her behind but I can’t go on either.
“There is nothing for me or Macey.”
The jury at Stafford Crown Court had previously heard how Jackson, of Fenton, smothered Macey using either a towel or a cloth.
She murdered Macey a week after Paul had moved out of the family home.
Jackson bombarded him with angry texts after their relationship ended.
Prosecuting, Jonas Hankin QC said the relationship had reached “a tipping point” on the weekend of October 7 to 9 when Jackson sent him a string of messages.
On Saturday, October 8 Jackson sent Mr Hogan the picture of Macey with the chilling message.
Mr Hankin added: “A similar pattern ensued the next day with Cody calling him repeatedly and him not picking up.
“In Cody’s mind the relationship had reached a tipping point. Any prospect of reconciliation, it seems, had evaporated.
“As far as she was concerned the relationship was finished. On October 9, for the first time, she was forced to confront the reality of being on her own.
“She spent the rest of the day at home alone with Macey.”
The jury was told Jackson spent the night next to her daughter before dialling 999 on the morning of October 10 to report she was not breathing.
The court heard pathologists who examined Macey’s body found she was a healthy child – but there was widespread haemorrhaging on her face, eyes and eyelids.
Mr Hankin QC said: “This child suffered widespread brain damage caused by the interruption of oxygenated blood supply to the brain.
“Something has interfered with her ability to breathe.”
Speaking after her change of plea, Detective Inspector Dan Ison, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Our first thoughts are with Macey and members of her family following this tragic case.
“We welcome this guilty plea, albeit during the trial, but nothing can ever replace Macey.
“This incident resulted in the dreadful loss of a two-year-old girl who is dearly missed.”
Mr Hogan was too upset to comment.
Jackson will be sentenced on July 27.