In four years, a mother who permitted her toddler girl to be killed by her boyfriend will be released. 

Frankie Smith, 20, was described by her lawyer as herself a ‘victim’ of Star’s death at the hands of Savannah Brockhill. 

The judge reduced her sentence to take into account the ‘burden’ of knowing she played a significant role in the tragedy.

Brockhill, 28 years old will be behind bars for at least 25 year after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the death of Star, a 16-month-old girl who had gotten into a temper tantrum.

Before being arrested, the violent bouncer gave his relatives thumbs up in the public gallery and gave them kisses. 

Frankie Smith, 20, pictured with her daughter Star Hobson, who died of 'unsurvivable injuries' aged just 16 months on September 22 last year after suffering months of abuse

Frankie Smith (21), pictured together with Star Hobson. Star Hobson died on September 22nd from ‘unsurvivable injuries. She had suffered months of abuse and was just 16 months old at the time.

Prosecutors told Bradford Crown Court how the toddler suffered weeks of physical assaults and psychological harm before her death

Bradford Crown Court was told by the prosecution that the child suffered psychological and physical harm for weeks before she died.

Smith was given an eight-year jail term by Mrs Justice Lambert at Bradford Crown Court for allowing Star’s death. She will only serve two-thirds of her sentence behind bars, and she is scheduled to be released within four years. 

Outside court Hollie Jones, 18, who babysat for Star and made the first of five referrals to social services, said Smith’s sentence was ‘a joke’. 

She added: ‘I’m very happy about Savannah’s sentence, that is definitely what she deserves. 

‘But I’m gutted about Frankie’s sentence, very, very gutted about that. She’ll be out in just over four years. I’m completely devastated. They are both as bad as each other and both played their part in Star’s abuse.’ 

Mrs Justice Lambert said Star’s short life was ‘marked by neglect, cruelty and injury’. 

The defenceless toddler bled to death after being kicked or punched by Brockhill with ‘massive’ force at home in Keighley, West Yorkshire, in September last year. 

This was not an isolated case, the judge said to the court. Star suffered fractured skull, legs and ribs after months of beatings. Star wasn’t taken to see a doctor. 

‘She was also treated with at best callous indifference by you both and on many occasions with frank cruelty,’ Mrs Justice Lambert added. 

20-year-old Smith was given an eight-year jail term by Mrs Justice Lambert at Bradford Crown Court for allowing Star¿s death. But she will serve only two thirds of that behind bars and is due to be released in around four years and one month due to time spent in custody on remand

20-year-old Smith was given an eight-year jail term by Mrs Justice Lambert at Bradford Crown Court for allowing Star’s death. She will only serve two-thirds of her sentence behind bars, and she is scheduled to be released within four years.

Savannah Brockhill, 28, took her anger out on Star with punches and slaps which finally culminated in her murder on September 22 last year. Brockhill will serve at least 25 years in prison.

Savannah Brockhill, 28, took her anger out on Star with punches and slaps which finally culminated in her murder on September 22 last year. Brockhill will spend at most 25 years prison.

Posing the question ‘why anyone would, or could, behave in such a way towards a young and vulnerable child who should be cherished and protected’, she said the answer was that Star was ‘caught in the crossfire of your relationship’ involving alcohol-fuelled ‘petty squabbles and jealous fights’. 

Brockhill vented anger on Star, using punches and slaps. Smith dealt out incoherent punishments. 

The judge told Brockhill she set her sentence on the basis that the fatal attack was not premeditated and she ‘lashed out in the heat of the moment when angry’. 

Smith could have faced a 14 year sentence. Smith told her that Star was being attacked by Brockhill and she knew it, yet she did nothing. 

‘You failed to contact the police or the health services, you failed to seek help from your family when you must have known it was readily available,’ she said. 

The court found that her personal loss was a major factor in the case. 

The judge told her: ‘I take into account that you have lost your daughter, Star. By allowing Star’s death, you played an important role. It is something you must live with the rest of your lives. I do not underestimate that burden.’ 

Smith’s barrister, Zafar Ali QC, had told the judge: ‘She is herself a victim of the murder count, having lost her daughter.’ 

An impact statement from Anita Smith, 70, Star’s great-grandmother, was read to the court. She recalled Star’s ‘cheeky personality’ and how the ‘smile on her face lit up the room’. 

She added: ‘She was loved by so many people and I cannot come to terms with how unnecessary her pain and suffering was.’ 

Outside the court Smith’s mother, Yvonne Spendley, told MailOnline: ‘Brockhill is an evil monster and I hope she rots in hell. She deserves everything she’s got and more. 

‘Frankie might not have been convicted of Star’s murder, but she played a role in it and that’s very difficult for me to accept or understand.’