A COCAINE addict mum murdered her toddler daughter and then left her screaming in agony as she covered her tracks.
Vile Katie Crowder was today found guilty after she scalded 19-month-old Gracie with boiling water then spent an hour “clearing up”.
The “panicked” mum, 26, then took her daughter to her parents’ home in Nottinghamshire screaming “she’s dead, she’s dead”.
Little Gracie was pronounced dead shortly after being rushed to hospital with deep burns covering around 65 per cent of her body.
Crowder today wept as she was convicted of murder at Nottingham Crown Court.
During the trial, jurors heard how Gracie went into cardiac arrest after the horror at her home on March 6.
‘WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?’
A pathologist said she would have cried out “vigorously” until her organs began to fail around an hour later.
When asked by her mum “what the hell have you done?” after seeing stricken Gracie, the monster began spinning a web of lies.
Crowder claimed to police she found her daughter face down in the bathroom next to a bucket after cleaning up the mess from her puppy.
She also said she would “never hurt” her daughter when she was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Prosecutor Sally Howes QC said: “Gracie Crowder’s death was not an instant death. It would have taken in the region of one hour for her to die.
“You may ask – why the delay in calling for help?
“It is the Crown’s case that the delay was Katie Crowder covering her tracks – she knew what she had done. She was clearing up, she was clearing away, she was thinking about a way of explaining what she had done.”
Crowder was found with cocaine in her system that showed she had taken the drug in the hour before Gracie died.
The killer had also made comments about her daughter in the past, saying: “I need to get her to nursery, I never get a break at all.”
She was arrested at King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, and when cautioned, she said: “What? I would never hurt her.”
Crowder will be sentenced at a later date.