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Family of girl, 4, drowned and burned by mum slam not guilty verdict

The family of a four-year-old girl who was drowned before being burned by her own mother say they are fighting for justice.

Mum Carly Ann Harris, 38, was found not guilty by reason of insanity after telling police she was ‘instructed by angels’ to kill her daughter Amelia on June 8 last year.

But Tiffany Wright, 30, says she believes her sister to be a ‘good actress’ and is campaigning for her to be put behind bars.

Undated family file handout photo issued by South Wales Police of Amelia Brooke Harris, who died following an incident at a property in Trealaw, Rhondda, South Wales, on Friday night. Carly Ann Harris faced Merthyr Magistrates' Court and has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of the four-year-old. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 11, 2018. Harris, 37, of Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw is to appear before a judge at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday. See PA story COURTS Trealaw. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire

Amelia Brooke Harris was killed by her mother Carly who said she was ‘instructed by angels’ (Picture: PA)

‘I want justice for my niece, who was wise beyond her years,’ the mum-of-three from Tonypandy, South Wales, said.

‘I was extremely close to Amelia. She was the most loving little girl and was almost like a surrogate child.

‘She was such a special kid, who loved dancing, glitter and make-up. I had so much fun with her.’

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Both Amelia and her mother had spent time at Tiffany’s home the night before her death.

Carly then rang her sister the next day to tell her what she had done.

‘I will never forget receiving that phone call,’ Tiffany said.

‘It was about 10pm in the evening and Carly rang. She told me, “I’ve killed Amelia”.

Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9710331h) Carly Ann Harris Mother accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter, UK - 11 Jun 2018 Carly Ann Harris, 37, who has been arrested for the murder of her four-year-old daughter, Amelia Brooke Harris, who was found dead on Friday, following an incident at an address on Brithweunydd Road in Trealaw, Rhondda, South Wales. After the child's body was found Carly Ann Harris was charged with murdering Amelia and appeared in court in handcuffs at Merthyr Maigistrates'Court this morning. Carly Ann Harris is pictured here on her "open" Facebook page.

Carly Ann Harris, 37, was found not guilty of murder on the basis of insanity (Picture: Rex Features)

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

Tiffany was one of the first people to find Amelia’s body, wrapped in sheets, on a coffee table in the garden.

Her mother had drowned her in the bath as a ‘human sacrifice’ before burning her body outside.

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Tiffany was left haunted by the sight of her niece’s charred feet when she first approached the scene.

A jury at Newport Crown Court found Carly not guilty of murder on the basis of insanity on December 17 last year.

She is now incarcerated at Cygnet Hospital in Stevenage, and has written her sister a letter to apologise for her actions.

But despite her diagnosis of schizophrenia, Tiffany believes that her sister should be held accountable for what she did.

** STRICT ONLINE EMBARGO APPLIES: 00.01AM 14/01/2019 **Pic by Caters News - (Pictured: Tiffany Wright, 30, and her husband, Mathew, 31 with Amelia) - The distraught family of a four-year-old drowned before being burned by her own mother have spoken out for the first time. Tiffany Wright, 30, and her husband, Mathew, 31, have revealed details of the horrific death of Tiffanys niece Amelia Brook Harris after Tiffanys sister Carly Ann Harris, 38, was found not guilty by reason of insanity at Newport Crown Court on December 17 last year. Homemaker Tiffany, who was first on the scene, has recalled her terror when she realised mum-of-three Carly had killed her only daughter at their family home in Tonypandy, South Wales, last June. Tragic Amelia, who was initially drowned by part time saleswoman, Carly, was then set alight which Tiffany claims was while Amelia was still partially alive - for her family to find. Tiffany claims her family were angered by the insanity verdict given to her sister and has begun a campaign dubbed #JusticeForAmelia to protest the decision. Reports have suggested that Carly suffered from mental health issues which began as a teenager after attending drug-fueled parties it was also claimed that she took amphetamines regularly.SEE CATERS COPY.

Tiffany and Mathew Wright, pictured with Amelia, are raising funds for a barrister to reopen the case (Picture: Caters News Agency)

‘She was anxious just before she murdered Amelia. She was talking really fast and it was clear she had a nervous disposition,’ Tiffany claimed.

‘I still firmly believe my sister is a good actress.’

Tiffany is now raising funds for a barrister to reopen the case and hopes that her sister can then be tried for murder, adding that it would help Carly’s two sons come to terms with what happened.

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‘Carly said she wishes she’d given Amelia to me. I think she knew what she was going to do,’ Tiffany said.

‘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 killed her, and burnt her. I think she knew she was going to do it that night as she left my house.’

Tiffany and her partner Mathew, 31, have set up both a petition and GoFundMe page online under the hashtag #JusticeForAmelia.

** STRICT ONLINE EMBARGO APPLIES: 00.01AM 14/01/2019 **Pic by Caters News - (Pictured: Tiffany Wright, 30, and her husband, Mathew, 31) - The distraught family of a four-year-old drowned before being burned by her own mother have spoken out for the first time. Tiffany Wright, 30, and her husband, Mathew, 31, have revealed details of the horrific death of Tiffanys niece Amelia Brook Harris after Tiffanys sister Carly Ann Harris, 38, was found not guilty by reason of insanity at Newport Crown Court on December 17 last year. Homemaker Tiffany, who was first on the scene, has recalled her terror when she realised mum-of-three Carly had killed her only daughter at their family home in Tonypandy, South Wales, last June. Tragic Amelia, who was initially drowned by part time saleswoman, Carly, was then set alight which Tiffany claims was while Amelia was still partially alive - for her family to find. Tiffany claims her family were angered by the insanity verdict given to her sister and has begun a campaign dubbed #JusticeForAmelia to protest the decision. Reports have suggested that Carly suffered from mental health issues which began as a teenager after attending drug-fueled parties it was also claimed that she took amphetamines regularly.SEE CATERS COPY.

The 30-year-old called her sister a ‘good actress’ (Picture: Caters News Agency)

She said of Carly’s sons: ‘They 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.

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‘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. 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. Other family members might believe Carly, but it’s easier for them forgive than to accept what’s happened.’



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