Mother and father accused of killing disabled daughter, 16, by ‘allowing her to become morbidly obese’

Kaylea Titford was discovered ‘pale, cold and could not be woken’

Emily Atkinson
Friday 15 April 2022 16:07
<p>Kaylea Titford was found dead at her home in Newton, Wales, on 10 October 2020</p>

Kaylea Titford was found dead at her home in Newton, Wales, on 10 October 2020

A mother and father will stand trial in January next year accused of killing of their disabled daughter by allowing her to become morbidly obese.

Kaylea Titford, 16, was found dead at her home in Newtown, Powys, Wales, in October 2020. She was discovered “pale, cold and could not be woken.”

Her mother, Sarah Lloyd-Jones, 39, of Colwyn, Newtown, faced court on Thursday, charged with gross negligence manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person.

Her father Alun Titford, 44, faces the same charges, but was admitted to hospital the previous evening and was unable to attend Mold Crown Court, north Wales.

It is alleged that, between 24 March and 11 October 2020, they failed to ensure Kaylea’s dietary needs were met, leading to morbid obesity.

The defendants are also accused of failing to ensure the 16-year-old got enough exercise, was in a hygienic condition and had a safe and clean living environment.

It is also alleged that Ms Lloyd-Jones and Mr Titford did not ensure her physical health was maintained and that they failed to seek reasonable medical help for her.

Judge Rhys Rowlands listed a new plea hearing for 30 June, with a provisional trial date of 16 January.

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