Foster carer who murdered one-year-old baby she planned to adopt jailed for life

10 November 2023, 13:31

Katie Tidmarsh has been jailed for life
Katie Tidmarsh has been jailed for life. Picture: PA
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

A foster carer who murdered a one-year-old baby she was in the process of adopting has been jailed for life.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Katie Tidmarsh has been found guilty of murdering Ruby Thompson more than ten years ago, when she suffered "catastrophic" brain damage that led to her death.

Tidmarsh and her husband were in the process of adopting the one-year-old when police were called to the family address in August 2012 to report Ruby had suffered a seizure and had stopped breathing.

Ruby died two days later but the case took 11 years to come to court.

Tidmarsh was told by the judge that she had lived her life "confident your past would not catch up with you".

Tidmarsh claimed that Ruby was injured after her eyes rolled back and she fell onto a rug she was sitting on.

Medical experts rejected Tidmarsh's claims, instead assessing that Ruby was injured by shaking and a high-energy impact.

The one-year-old had two previous fractures to her right shoulder, X-rays showed, as well as a broken arm, which had been treated two weeks before.

Read More: Shocking moment 'cowardly' crook steals £1,100 from disabled pensioner on mobility scooter in broad daylight

Read More: Police investigating deepfake of Sadiq Khan backing pro-Palestine protest on Armistice Day

Tidmarsh was told by the judge at her sentencing on Friday that her victim was a "defenceless young child" and that her actions "constituted a gross breach of trust".

The foster carer was "ill-equipped" to raise a child due to her mental health difficulties, Tidmarsh was told by the judge.

He went on: "You also tried to cover up what you had done by delaying medical treatment for Ruby."

Tidmarsh, of Station Road, Littlethorpe, Leicester, was also charged with two counts of causing grievous bodily harm relating to previous arm break injuries to Ruby.

She was found guilty of one of these charges and not guilty of the other.

Mr Justice Wall described Tidmarsh as an "educated and intelligent woman", but told her she had "always lied" about how Ruby had sustained injuries.

He said: "You only took her to hospital after your mother noticed that Ruby was in discomfort and not using her arm properly."

The judge told the defendant she had also lied about her mental health issues.

He said: "You deliberately covered up your mental health difficulties.

"Those actions gave the social workers confidence to entrust Ruby to your care."

Tidmarsh's conviction followed an inquest, and then lengthy court proceedings in 2017 when a judge ruled the foster carer had inflicted the injuries which resulted in Ruby's collapse and death.

This prompted a further consultation between the police and the CPS and the instruction of extra medical experts.

Tidmarsh, who was previously arrested in 2012 before facing no further action, was arrested again in 2022 and charged with murder.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Jay Slater's family have warned people about donating to fake pages

Last person to speak to missing Jay Slater claims he has been kidnapped and ‘something sinister is going on’

Travis Scott

Travis Scott arrested for 'disorderly intoxication and trespassing'

Serbia threatens to quit Euros over Croatia and Albania fans' 'kill the Serbs' chanting - throwing England's group into chaos

Serbia threatens to quit Euros over Croatia and Albania fans' 'kill the Serbs' chants - throwing England's group into chaos

Nigel Farage described Just Stop Oil's latest stunt as 'appalling'

'Akin to domestic terrorism': Farage slams Just Stop Oil's latest 'appalling' stunts after Taylor Swift's jet targeted

Jennifer Kowalski and Cole Macdonald

Revealed: Eco-activists who targeted Taylor Swift's jet unmasked as ex-civil servant and Palestine protester

Jay Slater's family have warned people about donating to fake pages

Jay Slater, missing Brit in Tenerife, rang friend to say he'd 'cut his leg on cactus' and 'didn't know where he was'

Sir Ian McKellen is recuperating following a fall from the stage

Sir Ian McKellen to miss remainder of Player Kings’ London dates following fall

The Bank of England has given its latest updates on interest rates.

Blow for borrowers as Bank of England holds interest rates again at 5.25%

Two protesters bailed after Stonehenge sprayed with orange paint

Two eco-activists bailed after Stonehenge sprayed with orange paint as bosses say 'no visible damage' to monument

German police

'Isis terrorist sleeper agent' arrested in Germany near Euro 2024 host city

The court ruling could threaten the future of oil and gas projects.

Future of new oil and gas projects in UK thrown into doubt after landmark Supreme Court ruling

Arthur Pendragon has condemned the attack on Stonehenge

'Like targeting a cathedral': Britain's 'top druid' condemns Just Stop Oil's 'completely dismaying' Stonehenge attack

Just Stop Oil targeted Taylor Swift's jet in VIP airfield - but failed to find it

Just Stop Oil activists fail to find Taylor Swift's jet despite targeting it in VIP airfield attack

Laura Saunders, the Conservative candidate for Bristol North West

Tory candidate being investigated over alleged election date bet is 'married to Conservative Director of Campaigns'

Prince Andrew is planning to leave the Royal Lodge to his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, according to reports.

Prince Andrew ‘plans to leave Royal Lodge home’ to daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie ‘after his death’


Post Office accidentally publishes the names and addresses of 555 subpostmasters wrongfully convicted in Horizon scandal