The family has started a new hashtag #JusticeForAmelia as sister Tiffany Wright says Harris should have received a life sentence for her ‘devil-like actions’
The family of Carly Ann Harris say she should be in prison after she drowned and burned her own daughter to death.
In December, Carly Ann Harris was found not guilty of murder as a jury returned a “special verdict” after hearing that psychiatrists – appearing for both the prosecution and defence – agreed the mum was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
Harris was sentenced at Newport Crown Court to a hospital order without limit of time – this means she cannot be found guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
But her sister thinks justice has not been served and believes Harris should be locked up.
The verdict came after a court heard Harris believed she was a fallen angel and had to sacrifice her daughter to prove her faith to God.
The 38-year-old told a doctor she felt “very calm” and had “done the right thing” after killing Amelia Brooke Harris at her home in Rhondda, South Wales, on June 8 this year, jurors were told.
Now Carly Harris’ own family has described her as “devil like” – and they think she should have a retrial.
They have claimed there is new evidence and are trying to raise money for the case to be re-examined.
Harris’ sister, Tiffany Wright, told the Daily Star on Sunday: “We’re determined to get justice for Amelia – we need to get her story out there.
“We think Carly should be in jail. I never thought she’d be capable of this and she should have received a life sentence.”
The family has even started a new hashtag #JusticeForAmelia and said “Carly’s actions were so evil they were devil-like.”
Tiffany also recalled the horrific phone call she received telling her what had happened.
She said: “I will never forget receiving that phone call. It was about 10pm in the evening and Carly rang.
“She told me ‘I’ve killed Amelia’.
“Carly said she wishes she’d given Amelia to me. I think she knew what she was going to do.
“I pleaded with her and asked ‘Please tell me you’ve not done anything to that baby?’
“I was hoping she was just unwell but then she said she’d drowned her, and burned her.
“I’ve spoken to my sister since and every time I think about that night, my stomach flips and I feel sick.”
Tiffany’s husband, Mathew Wright added: “Her daughter is lying six feet under in a cold box, while she’s being treated softly in a warm room, having takeaways each weekend and her own en-suite.”
“She should be serving a life-sentence in prison – every day we suffer this – and are livid.”
During the two-day trial, jurors were told there was no dispute that Harris killed her daughter or about the events leading up to the incident.
Amelia’s teenage brother found her body, wrapped in a sheet, on a table in their garden.
Carly Ann Harris denied both murder and manslaughter.
Tiffany thinks the insanity verdict means justice has not been served and thinks only a retrial will help her nephews come to terms with what happened.
The sister has previously spoken about Harris as a ‘teenage rebel’ who became ‘wild’ in the years before she drowned her four-year-old daughter.
Tiffany said her sister was a bible-loving young girl until she ‘went off the rails’ and began dabbling in drink and drugs.