April 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial
are supposed to love and protect their
children no matter what. Why is it
happening more and more often now that
they do just the opposite? Mother's seem
to be handing their children over to the
"men" in their lives, I use the term
men lightly, because a real man would
not beat a defenseless child to death
the way these men have been doing for
so long and I use the term mother
lightly as well since no real mother
would allow her child to suffer the way
women seem to do.
beautiful little Angel boy died at the
hands of his mothers boyfriend. Rio
Smedley had at least 91 injuries on his
body the day he died at the hands of his
mothers boyfriend, Daniel Rigby, who was
23 years old at the time. Of course
Daniel tried using one of the oldest
excuses in the book and claimed that Rio
had fallen down the stairs. He might as
well have said that the child had fallen
off of a cliff, it was just as
believable as the lies he told to cover
up the fact that he beat this child to
death and didn't think twice about doing
it. Rio's "mother", Kirsty Smedley,
denied that she either allowed or knew
about what this man was doing to her
son, even though he had violently
attacked her while she was pregnant. Rio
was only two years old when he died this
March of 2012, Police started an
investigation and Daniel was arrested
for assaulting Kirsty while she was
pregnant with Daniel's child. On March
21, bail was set and he was forbidden to
contact her at all. Like the IDIOT she
is, Kirsty dropped the charges on April
3rd and without charges pending, two
days before he beat Rio to death, Daniel
was told there would be no further
action taken against him, of course
Kirsty welcomed him back with open arms.
Kirsty had told a midwife that she
thought Daniel would kill her, though
she didn't believe he would hurt Rio.
April 22, 2012, Kirsty, who was 24 years
old at the time, called 999 to report
that her child was not moving. Kirsty
up the OBVIOUS
that Daniel made up when she told
emergency responders that her son had
fallen down a flight of four steps and
banged his head. Earlier he had
texted her to say that while he was
visiting the home of
his Grandmother, with Rio, the dog had
jumped on the couch and knocked him off,
causing him to fall back and bang his
head and that he also had a bruise on
his bottom. A later text said that Rio
might have been hit with a toy sword by
another child he had been playing with.
his final days of life, Kirsty left Rio
in Daniel's care for many hours over
that weekend, even when he started to
her many texts showing he was becoming
impatient with Rio. Even when she saw
the bruises and marks on her son, Kirsty
did NOTHING about it.
just a normal family. I saw the
ambulance around half four yesterday
and heard the boys
and the ambulance guy running out of
the house with the boy in his arms.
shot off with the flashing lights and
sirens. I feel sick. I've got a two
just hope it's an accident, it's
taken to Royal Bolton Hospital where he
died of a ruptured liver, in fact his
live was report to have been snapped in
half by one of the blows.
court, Simon Phillips QC, said that
Kirsty had backed up Daniel's claim
about the child falling down the stairs
knew this was not true:
was the loving son of Kirsty,
brother of Ella, grandson of Karen
and Paddy, Gordon and Yvonne,
Shaun and Jason. He will be greatly
missed and the family now ask for
some peace during
injury was not caused by any
accidental fall down the stairs. It
had been deliberately inflicted.
Phillips said that for what happened to
her son, Kirsty also needed to be held
accountable because it was her duty to
protect her son and she failed to do
that and in fact put him in harms way by
leaving him with a man she knew to be
violent. The Pathologist who examined
Rio, Naomi Carter, had found at least 91
injuries which included 40 bruises and
abrasions to his head and face, 11 to
his abdomen, a bruise on his bottom,
seven to his arms and 20 injuries to his
legs and feet:
injury was the culmination of a course
of ill-treatment and violent conduct
towards the child"
Carted concluded that Rio had died as
a direct consequence of blood loss
from a liver in jury
witness would testify that a friend of
Kirsty's saw Daniel punch her when he
had been waiting for her to give him
money and that on another occasion, she
had seen him head butt her:
been caused by on or more heavy blows
to the abdomen, most likely from one
stampings or kneeings. This injury was
sustained shortly before he died,
hour of his death. He had survived for
a short period with circulatory
collapse. Many of the
his body indicated that Rio had been
repeatedly punched and possibly
Some of the bruises indicated heavy
impacts with solid surfaces or
decision to go out, leaving Rio alone
with Rigby, was her decision. In
making that decision
brought up again that Daniel had been
sending Kirsty texts that were showing
he was becoming increasingly impatient
with Rio. A neighbor reported hearing a
loud thump at one point during the day.
Of course Daniel said that was when he
found Rio at the bottom of the stairs
and contacted Kirsty before putting Rio
on the couch, he denied that he had been
violent towards Rio at all. I have to
wonder, all this beating took place
while Daniel was visiting his relatives,
why didn't they hear anything?
denied getting upset with Rio, though he
was upset because he had to watch him
and he really wanted to go to his
sisters house and smoke cannabis.
November of 2012, Daniel Rigby was found
guilty of murder for what he did to Rio.
Daniel was sentenced to life, but
reports say he will serve at least 17
years. That doesn't make sense to me,
life should mean LIFE, he
out. Mr Justice David MacKay said:
circumstances, the prosecution say
that she will have realized or she
should have realized
was exposing Rio to a significant risk
of serious harm"
abused Rio's trust by punishing him
physically in quite a revolting way.
chilling, terrible picture.
suffered considerably before he died.
I am satisfied. He
was a vulnerable boy"
Judge stated that he didn't believe
Daniel had intended to kill Rio, but
that he had lost his temper. Jan Urey,
who was the Senior Crown Prosecutor
was a wicked attack against a
vulnerable and defenseless child.
The injuries suffered by
brutal and could not have been
inflicted accidentally, as Rigby
had claimed in an
hide what he had done"
have to live every day without Rio and
for the rest of our lives we will
never see him
Grandmother said in court:
into a lovely young man. No matter how
long that monster gets, he will still
have a life.
we could say that we could start to
rebuild our lives, but the hard work
is just beginning"
was a lovely little boy - I loved him
so much even though I didn't know him
that well. I could
him forever. He was so lovely, I can't
believe what's happened to him at all"
was found guilty of allowing or causing
the death of a child. A disgusting four
year sentence was handed down to her by
Mr Justice Colin Mackay who said:
told the court that Rio seemed quiet
that day and seemed to be pale, though
he was playing and laughing with
Daniel who was feeding her dogs and
they watched a show called "CBeebies".
and Kirsty both cried while Doreen
stage did you do anything to protect
Rio from his fate and he must have
You were infatuated with Rigby, you
still were at the trial, your desire
to please him. You
are 23, you have been pregnant on
seven occasions, two of these children
You have an irresponsible view of
obligations of a mother you have
remorse. I hope this sentence will
lead you to some realization that you
need to take
control of your life in a different
Attorney Simon Phillips QC said:
was infatuated or desperate to
make her relationship with Rigby
work. What she was
waiting to be sentenced, Kirsty
became pregnant again, she had an
abortion. Kirsty has said that she
is thinking about getting
"sterilized". We can only hope with
her ridiculous sentence, she does,
because no children are going to be
safe in her life, EVER!
what might happen to her child but
what might happen to her if she
didn't please him.
much second in her thoughts. He
was not her priority"
and stuffed animals were left in a
tribute to Rio.
of the home where Rio had lived,
people visited and left flowers,
toys and notes, one note read "RIP
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