Nurse Dawn Makin jailed for 12 years for killing daughter Chloe Burke August 30, 2012
Mum posted Facebook message saying she and her daughter Chloe were both ill and 'tucked up in bed'
Frantic parents broke into house after not hearing from her for 24 hours
Chloe was found with several stab wounds wrapped in pyjamas and dressing gown
The youngster had tried to defend herself from the attack
A suicide note was discovered saying sorry for taking the youngster away
A nurse who killed her four-year-old daughter at their home in Bury has been jailed for 12 years.
Dawn Makin, 35, denied the murder of Chloe Burke but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The mum, who will remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, sobbed loudly as she was sentenced at Preston Crown Court.
Chloe was found stabbed to death at the house where she lived
with her mum Lea Mount Drive in Fairfield on February 17 last year.
Makin was also discovered unconscious at the scene having taken
an overdose of paracetamol, swallowed anti-freeze and slit her wrists at
an attempt of suicide.
Makin had been sacked from her job as a nurse at Moorgate Primary
Care Centre in Bury almost 12 months before the tragedy after bosses
discovered she had been leaking confidential patient information to her
partner Martin Campbell, who worked as a cash for claims agent.
Both were under investigation by the Information Commission but
Makin continued to live a lie, not telling her parents what had happened
and pretended to go to work every day.
The court heard how her relationship with Campbell ended in January last year and her life began to spiral out of control.
A few days before Chloe's death, Makin told her childminder and parents that both were ill with a stomach bug.
She even posted a message on Facebook that the pair were tucked up in bed together.
But after failing to hear from her for more than a day Makin's
parents became frantic with worry and broke into her house with a
neighbour where they made the horrific discovery in Makin's bedroom.
Chloe had been stabbed several times in the neck and chest and
had been wrapped in pyjamas and a dressing gown. She lay on the bed
surrounded by cuddly toys.
Makin lay next to her unconscious.
Paramedics took the mum to hospital but Chloe was pronounced dead at the scene.
Makin survived but has been left permanently disabled by her injuries.
A suicide note left at the top of the stairs read: "I'm sorry I
have taken you away from you all but I couldn't leave her here with no
money, that would be too cruel."
The court heard evidence that Makin had made attempts to tidy up the scene after killing her daughter.
Blood-soaked clothes and bedsheets were found in a black bin bag in the room.
Peter Wright, prosecuting, said Chloe must have survived for a few hours before she died from her injuries.
He said the stab wounds caused her lungs to collapse which led to infection and pneumonia.
The court also heard how the youngster had tried to defend herself from her mum's attack.
Sentencing her to 12 years in prison, Judge Anthony Russell said he had to reflect society's horror at the crime.
He said: "The facts of this case are appalling. Although your responsibility was diminished it was by no means extinguished.
"The fact that you managed to do some sort of tidying up
indicates to me that your responsibility for this crime was rather less
diminished than in other cases."
Makin sobbed uncontrollably as she was taken down to the cells.
Family members, including Chloe's grandmother Sheila Makin and Chloe's
natural father Michael Burke, were also in tears.
Outside court Michael Burke said: "I am absolutely shocked at that sentence.
"She already had a sentence. She was not in the right state of mind. I feel sorry for her.
"I am just so glad it is over. It has been a nightmare.
"She had chances to speak to me and tell me what was going on but she was too ashamed.
"I miss Chloe. She was beautiful, lovely, a princess. I miss her
so much. But she is in a nice place now. She is buried five minutes from
where I live and I go to see her all the time."
Makin was told she must serve at least half of the sentence.
In a statement read on behalf of the family, solicitor Louise
Straw said: "Words can not describe the utter desperation that drove a
mother to take the life of her only child and attempt to take her own."
Campbell, 31, pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Data Protection Act in June last year.
He had taken names and telephone numbers of patients from Ms
Makin and called to offer his services. He also contacted patients from
Prestwich walk-in centre, which Ms Makin had obtained from a database.
He raked in £8,000 over a four-month period from Bolton-based
Direct Assist where he was paid commission for each person he signed up.
The pair were rumbled when some of the patients complained that their
details had been passed on.
Campbell, a self-employed plasterer, was fined £1,050 after
admitting seven charges of knowingly obtaining personal data without
consent. He asked for 22 other offences to be taken into consideration.
He was also ordered to pay £1,160 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
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