After a woman was found guilty of killing her daughter, the judge sentenced her to prison. Even though the court felt that justice had been served, fellow prisoners thought that Smith got off easy after her actions.
Therefore, they decided to impose their form of punishment on the 23-year-old killer.
Smith Stomped Her Child To Death
The young mother was a drug addict, and she killed her 21-month daughter by stomping her. After she went to prison, she was slashed in the face in a "revenge attack."
The Girl's Father Called The Woman's Actions "Pure Evil"
According to the little girl's father, Ricky Booth, what the woman did was "pure evil." He felt that no punishment would help bring AJ, the toddler, back.
Booth was left feeling guilty over what happened because he could not protect his daughter from the brutal attack.
The Girl Suffered A Fatal Heart Injury
The woman stomped on the girl's chest so forcefully that she broke three ribs and caused a deadly heart injury. The girl also bit through her tongue.
According to experts, the girl's injuries were comparable to injuries people sustained during a high-speed car accident.
Inmates Wanted Payback
Smith ended up inside the infamous Foston Hall women's prison in Derbyshire, which has a reputation for violence. The prisoners planned the attack on Smith to avenge the defenseless toddler's murder.
At the time of her death, Ayeeshia Jane Smith weighed 20 pounds. During her death, she screamed, "stop mummy, stop daddy."
The Prison Sentence Felt Appropriate
The police working on the woman's case felt that the prison sentence she got was suitable for the crime she had committed. The crime was so horrifying that anything less would have felt inadequate.
In a statement to the media, Detective Andy Maxfield noted that Ayeeshia's life was ended by the very person who should have been keeping her safe.
Maxfield went on to say:
"I welcome the sentence. The death of a child is a tragedy no matter how it happens."
Smith Was Slashed On Her Face
Even after the court system had sentenced Smith, fellow inmates felt that she deserved a greater punishment for what she had done.
After the inmates attacked her, she ended up with a 2-centimeter slash across her face.
Smith Was Also Stabbed And Punched
In addition to getting slashed, Smith was also stabbed and punched for almost five minutes. As she was attacked, many other prisoners just watched as she screamed in pain.
The Plan To Attack Smith Had Been Discussed Many Times
Even before the attack, prisoners had many discussions about the revenge attack. According to an inmate, most people held back only because they did not want more time added to their sentences.
Not Even Prison Staff Were Willing To Step In To Help Her
Smith was attacked in a stairwell, away from surveillance cameras. Still, it is believed that even if the staff knew about the attack, they would have been reluctant to step in and help.
Nobody had any sympathy for Smith.
Some Staff Members Felt The Attack Was Deserved
To the staff members, the attack felt justified. Some prison staff felt that "what goes around comes around."
Other Women Have Also Killed Their Children
Even though people consider what Smith did to be the epitome of evil, other women have killed their children in the past.
Mitchelle Blair faced murder and torture charges after she killed her two children.
Blair Put Her Kids' Bodies In The Freezer
After Blair killed her two kids, Stoni Ann Blair and Stephen Gage Berry, she put them in the freezer, where police found them as they were evicting her from her apartment.
Blair Made One Of Her Surviving Kids Put The Dead Ones In The Freezer
Blair killed her children through strangulation and suffocation. After she was put under arrest, she readily confessed to the murders:
"They're both dead! I did it!"
Blair Tortured Her Children
The kids who were left behind explained that their mom would beat them with planks of wood, an extension cord, and even a hot curling iron. One of her kids, Stephen, was put in a hot tub with boiling water.
Blair Showed No Regret For Her Actions
Blair was sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole. Notably, she had no regret for what she did and said she had no problem with people thinking she was a terrible person.
Months before Ayeeshia Jane Smith died, she had suffered injuries to the brain after an alleged domestic abuse incident.