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A man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter.

Jonathan Garner, 26, was convicted by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday of killing Mia Gregson at her home in Hull.

Mia’s mother, Samantha Gregson, also 26, was found guilty of causing or allowing the toddler’s death.

The jury heard how police were called to the home less than three weeks before the tragedy.

Officers responded to an anonymous call from a neighbour concerned about “hideous” yelling, but accepted Garner’s explanation that he had been shouting at the dog after Mia was found asleep.

The prosecution said a neighbour heard Garner shouting at the little girl the night before she died, saying: “Shut the f*** up. Stop screaming at me. Get to bed.”

Garner was later heard shouting at 7am: “I’m going to f****** belt you.”

Prosecutor Robert Smith QC told the jury that Garner killed Mia by smothering her.

Mia was taken to hospital from her home in the Gipsyville area of Hull on 13 February 2014, but died later, the court was told.

Mr Smith said: “The prosecution contend that Samantha Gregson must have been aware of Garner’s behaviour and threats he was making to her daughter and must have witnessed his behaviour.

“She did nothing about it and took no action to protect her daughter from what must have been an obvious risk.”

Judge Mr Justice Goss said it had been a “distressing case”.

The jury deliberated for just under a day following an eight-week trial.

Opening the case to the jury in October, Mr Smith said: “The prosecution contend that Jonathan Garner had been shouting at Mia and had been threatening her with violence on the day that she died.”

He added that neighbours had been disturbed by Garner’s shouting shortly after they moved into the terraced house in Dorset Street, just three weeks before the murder.

Garner, of Hull, and Gregson, of Chesterfield, will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court at 10.30am on Wednesday.

Detective Superintendant Matt Baldwin, from Humberside Police, said: “The abuse this little girl endured by those who were supposed to be caring for her is very upsetting to contemplate.

“Mia suffered tragically at Garner’s hands, while Gregson allowed weeks of neglect and abuse to go on against her daughter, leading ultimately to her tragic death.

“I am confident the result today will serve to protect any other children from the pair as they will both be behind bars.”

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