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Star Hobson: The short life and death of a beloved toddler

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In her short 16 months, Star Hobson lived a life in two halves: the first filled with the warmth of true love, the second with cold and cruel mistreatment. Concerns were raised. Star’s family says they tried to warn authorities. So how did a girl adored by so many end up dead after months of physical and emotional abuse?

Star Hobson was, in many ways, a typical little boy. Born in May 2019 into a large family, she was adored and filled with love and affection. An extended support network of close and distant relatives meant that someone who adored the baby was rarely far away.

“I couldn’t wait to get home from work to see her. She would run home and think, ‘Little Star will be there when we get back,'” says great-grandfather David Fawcett.

He recalls happy moments with the little girl, watching her playful personality emerge at her home in Baildon, West Yorkshire.

“Every time she listened to music, that was it. Her little head would move and she would start dance infront of television,” he says.

The Facebook post from Star's great-grandfather demanded to know why she had suddenly appeared with bruises

Cause of Death

Star’s injuries were consistent with punches, stamped, or kicks to the stomach.

She also had shin and skull fractures that preceded death, and her body was covered in non-accidental generalized bruising, consistent with punctures, pinches or punches.

Medical help was not sought until she Star suffered her last fatal injuries.

Smith and Brockhill had been in what was described as a “toxic” relationship in the 11 months prior to Star’s death.


Frankie Smith, 20, and her partner, Savannah Brockhill, 28, killed Smith's daughter Star Hobson (pictured) at her home in Keighley, West Yorkshire

Star was taken to hospital on September 22, 2020, but the injuries she had suffered were ‘unsurvivable’, Alistair MacDonald QC told Bradford Crown Court.

The jury heard the injuries which caused the toddler’s death involved extensive damage to her abdominal cavity.

These were ’caused by a severe and forceful blow or blows, either in the form of punching , stamping or kicking to the abdomen’.

Brockhill – who has a traveller background and left school aged ten – lied the injuries were caused by a two-year-old child, which the prosecution branded ‘absurd’ and added it was ‘quite impossible for the doctors to envisage it could have been inflicted by a child’.

Social services were warned five times Smith and Brockhill were not looking after Star properly and could be abusing her- but it was written off as malicious rumours.

In the women’s trial

In the women’s trial, the Bradford Crown Court would hear that Brockhill favored a tough parenting style, one that Smith would attempt to impose with yelling and other punishments .

Brockhill admitted to hitting the boy. In a text message to Smith, she described Star as a “brat.” “She thinks nothing of you,” she added.

Relatives, on the increasingly rare occasions when they were allowed to see the girl, began to notice marks and bruises on her body. During the couple’s trial, it was heard that, as early as June 2020, Brockhill was doing internet searches on how to remove bruises quickly.

In the same month, Star’s father, Jordan Hobson, would make a third reference to authorities after seeing photos of Star with a bruised cheek.

The police visited Frankie Smith and Star was examined by a doctor. This would be the only time she would be taken in for medical treatment. On this occasion, as on others, the couple explained the injuries and blamed the clumsy boy: Star hit her head on a coffee table; getting into a sofa; fall and stumble. It was enough to close the cases.

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Quick Facts

  • Savannah Brockhill murdered girlfriend Frankie Smith’s daughter Star Hobson in September last year
  • She was taken to hospital on September 22 last year with unsurvivable injuries, including punches and kicks
  • Star’s wounds were ’caused by a severe and forceful blow or blows’ and stamping to her abdomen 
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