THE heartbroken dad of murdered Star Hobson’s cruel mum committed suicide on her birthday after sending a card to her prison cell which read: “You look after yourself and I’ll look after the baby.”
Andrew Smith, 50, took a pills overdose in June as he struggled to come to terms with what his daughter, Frankie, had done.
His dad, Frank, 68, was among five people who contacted social services with concerns over the treatment of little Star.
Frank told The Sun: “He had a handprint on his window from the baby and never washed it off. He couldn’t handle it and so he did it on Frankie’s birthday.
“He sent her a card in prison and wrote, ‘You look after yourself and I’ll look after the baby’. It’s been devastating.
“When they found him, Star’s coat was at the side of him. My son did what he did and had 50 years of life, that baby had only a few months.”
Frank, of Bradford, said Smith had vowed to take her own life in a prison letter she sent to dad Andrew before he committed suicide.
He added: “It’s hard to believe and I can’t take it in. It’s broken me. You put your trust in the authorities to do something and they let you down. I can see why people take the law into their own hands.
“Whatever Frankie gets she deserves.
“They’ve been called animals but not even animals do this to their own."
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EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
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If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
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- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
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- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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