A woman beat her 18-month-old daughter to death and left the infant’s body for hours in the crib.
Ms. Deanna Renee Kipp also physically and mentally abused her two other young daughters, according to federal court documents.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld her conviction, but ordered that she be re-sentenced after Mrs. Kipp appealed the trial court’s verdict.
The following details on the crime were obtained from court documents:
Little Kaylee Kipp’s body was found in her “Pack ‘n Play”crib at her mother’s Gainesville apartment the afternoon of June 12, 2011. She had been dead for hours and rigor mortis had set in, federal officials said.
“An autopsy revealed six discrete areas of impact inside her scalp,” according to court documents. “The medical examiner concluded that multiple injuries caused Kaylee’s brain to undergo severe swelling and that Kaylee died not only as a result of blunt force trauma to the head caused by multiple impacts but also as a result of asphyxiation caused by having her face pressed down into the bottom of her “Pack ‘n' Play.”
Investigators said she might have survived if she had received immediate medical attention to reverse the swelling in her brain.
“Kaylee’s death was not immediate, and her suffering was likely prolonged,” the court report reads.
Following Kaylee’s death, her two siblings, 7 and 4, were taken to the Edmundson-Telford Center for Children for physical examinations and forensic interviews.
A nurse practitioner found cigarette burns on 7-year-old’s wrist and elbow and a large bruise on her backside, which the child said was from being “spanked really hard.”
The younger child had multiple bruises in various stages of healing. Both her eyes appeared bruised and her right ear was bruised, all consistent with someone pulling or yanking her hair.
The girls were placed in a temporary foster home where the older child told the foster mother that she had heard Kaylee crying and being spanked the night of her murder.
Her mother made her go check on Kaylee the next morning.
“The little girl found her baby sister cold to the touch,” the report said. “She later told another foster mother that Kaylee was thrown into her crib “like a basketball.”
She found Kaylee dead and grew scared that she or her other sibling would also die.
Ms. Kipp was convicted in November 2012 of four counts of felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, concealing the death of another and two counts of making false statements for the death of her daughter.
She was sentenced to four concurrent life prison sentences for murder and 35 additional years in prison for her other crimes.
The Supreme Court ruled that her guilty verdict on the charges remain, but that the trial court erred in sentencing Ms. Kipp on each of the four felony murder counts as “the prohibition against double jeopardy does not permit a defendant to be punished on multiple murder counts for a single homicide,” the opinion reads.
In a separate trial in August 2012, her live-in-boyfriend, Mr. Stephen Clark West, was convicted of malice murder and other crimes and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.