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.
‘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.’
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”.
‘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.
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.
‘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.
‘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.’
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.
‘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.’