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Jasmine Beckford

February 12, 1979 - July 5, 1984

I don't like it when I go to research the death of a child and there is not much to say. I want to know that at some point in the child's life, there was happiness and good times. Sometimes, I am unable to find anything other than the face that the child was abused and died, Jasmine is one of those times.

Jasmine lived with her sister, her mother, Beverly Lorrington and her stepfather, Morris Beckford. In the short time she was alive, Jasmine and her sister were treated numerous times for what were called "non accidental injuries", those injuries included a broken arm as a well as a broken femur.

Jasmine and her sister were removed from their home and placed in to foster care when it was found that their step father had been abusing the younger sister. Morris only received a suspended jail sentence and a small fine for abusing the sister and soon, the two girls were returned to the home.

On July 5, 1984, Jasmine was taken to the hospital by Beverly and Jasmine died later that day. An autopsy showed that Jasmine was horribly under weight, she had at least 20 broken bones as well as cuts, bruises and cigarette burns on her body. It was said that there wasn't a part of her body that didn't show signs of abuse.

Jasmine had been held pretty much like a prisoner, in a small room where she had weights tied to an already broken leg, to stop her from moving. Jasmine suffered horribly at the hands of Morris before he finally punched her in the head several times, causing her death.

A Social Worker, by title only, admitted that when she visited, she had felt like Beverly and Morris had an obvious love for their children, though she had only seen Jasmine once in ten months, she had always believed the excuses they were able to come up with for Jasmine not being there. It was reported that Morris and Beverly had met a school that was deemed Educationally Subnormal.

Morris was sent to prison for ten years after being convicted of manslaughter.

This page was created on June 25, 2014
Death occurred in England

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