On March 20, 2014, paramedics were called to Rocky Uzzell and Katherine Prigmore's home in Kettering, England.
When 24-year-old Prigmore talked to them over the phone, she said that her baby's limbs were limp and that she was throwing up, but they were absolutely shocked when they saw the little girl for themselves. Her leg, tibia, and right forearm were fractured, and because she was only five weeks old, she will never be able to walk. After she was rushed to the hospital, an MRI showed that she also had swelling in her brain.
While their severely injured daughter was receiving treatment from doctors, her parents made it clear that they couldn't care less about her. They were overheard saying that the circumstances would give them a chance to eat at a local restaurant.
Prigmore did nothing to stop Uzzell from mercilessly beating their baby Isabelle six or more times. The pair actually seemed to enjoy it, as they recorded Uzzell shaking the baby on at least one occasion.
In the background of that video, Prigmore can be heard laughing. The baby was also hit, dropped, squeezed, and strangled at different times.
In September, the couple pleaded guilty to causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm. But 29-year-old Uzzell, who said that he lost count of how many times he shook his daughter, says that a ghost made him do it.
He claims that a "ghost-like alter ego" has been taking over his body from time to time since he was a kid, and that this force made him try to "get rid" of Isabelle. The judge said that Uzzell "might have created the alter ego as an 'imaginary protector,'" and that there was a sadistic element to his abuse.
Uzzell was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison while Prigmore was sentenced to two years and four months. Isabelle, who is now almost three years old, suffered serious brain damage. Doctors say that she'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life and will only ever be able to eat through a tube.