It came out in court that
Sarah had met Dean only five months earlier and that he lived next door
to her. Social Services had warned her over and over that he was an
abuser of children and women and that he was using drugs. Sarah had
been in a bad relationship before this one and had been the victim of
domestic abuse, even so, she allowed Dean to stay in her life because
she said she being a single parent was stressful. Sarah said that she
had not allowed Dean to be alone with Amina up to the day she left her
alone with him and he killed her. Sorry, Sarah, you KNEW
he was abusing her even when
you were there with them, you allowed your daughter to be alone with
him when you KNEW
he was a
dangerous man. You should be in prison for the rest of your life!
Sarah said that on the day she left Amina alone with Dean, she was not
in her right mind because the dog was barking and Amina was crying and
saying she didn't want to go any where. Sarah told the court that she
had been called by Dean before he called for help:
"I received a phone
call. Dean rang me and then he said Amina had feel
off the toilet and that
was going out of conscious, was bleeding out of her mouth. I said a
couple of times, get
the phone and ring the ambulance. I cut him off the phone:
The prosecutor asked Dean in court if he was aware of what he was doing
when he kicked Amina:
"To a certain degree,
yes. I did not intend to kick her. It just happened in a split second
I was frustrated"
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson said:
"There is never an
excuse to hit child and he should have had no doubt what the potential
were of using such force on a two year old"
In August of 2014, Dean Harris, who was 20 years old by then, was
sentence to 17 years to life for killing Amina. Dean had been found
guilty of murder earlier in the year. Sarah had been given a suspended
sentence after she was acquitted of causing or allowing the death of
Amina, she was, however, convicted of neglect in charges related to two
Detective Inspector Alan Page said:
"This was a horrendous
case. There can be no justification for using violence against any
and Harris will have to deal with the consequences of his actions for
the rest of his life.
no sentence can ease the pain felt by Amina's family, hopefully they
will now be able to
moving on with their lives"
Reuben Agboola, Amina's biological father was happy with the sentence:
"I am please with the
sentence Dean Harris has received today.
However, the grief
feels like it has no end. I think about Amina constantly. I still cry
day. I go through the motions of living but inside I am somewhere else
my daughter all the time. No one understands the pain except those
are experiencing it. My heart reaches out to every parent on Earth who
the loss of a child"
Reuben in happier days
Reuben let balloons go in
celebration and memory of Amina.
An online news story
Dean Harris wrote
a confession letter to Amina Agboola's family confessing that he killed
The letter, parts of which
have been released by Cambridgeshire Police,
describe the moment he killed Amina.
In the note Harris then
apologises to her
family - saying 'only wish I could take all this back.'
It reads: "At this point I
saying 'for -- sake Mina', I was already in a standing position and the
next thing I knew I had kicked her in the stomach."
"She had gone backwards
and landed on her
front about six feet away. I realised what I had done and went to pick
She was crying at this
point and I could
tell it had winded her because of the way she was talking.
"I picked her up to
comfort her, I checked
her stomach to see if she was OK. I held her in my arms for around
three minutes until she stopped crying."
"When I went to put her
down on the floor to
further see if she was OK I noticed that she had become limp....I then
"Everything else that
happened after this
point, the phone calls, the ambulance, is well documented."
"I only wish I could take
all this back but
I can't so I hope the family can find some closure."
"I would further like to
add that none of
this was Sarah's fault, she has lost a child, so I think she has
"I am truly sorry for what
I have done. I
can no longer cause further anguish by continuing to lie.'"
Site creators note: I am
truly sickened by the fact that Sarah has gotten away with as much as
she did. Sarah knew this man was
violent and a danger to her children. She KNEW that her daughter was
being abused and she didn't LOSE a daughter, she offered up a
daughter to a KNOWN child
abuser and now that child is dead. Child Protective Services should
take some of the blame for allowing children to be in a home with a man
they ALSO knew was violent.
You don't just WARN someone
about potential trouble, you avoid it by giving that person a choice,
either get rid of the danger to the children or take the children away
from a mother who REFUSES to
protect those children herself.
Thank you to Rayne for sending me this story and
allowing Amina to be among the Angel memorials on my site.
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