Schoolgirl, 16, whose weight ballooned to 23st during the Covid lockdown ‘enjoyed playing basketball in her adapted wheelchair and was considered to compete in the Paralympics’ before she died

  • Kaylea Titford, 16, was allegedly neglected by her parents before she died
  • Court heard she became morbidly obese during lockdown, living in a filthy room
  • Former learning support assistant Belinda Jones told jurors she was very active

A tragic schoolgirl allowed to get to nearly 23 stone in lockdown had enjoyed sport in class – and was even considered for the paralympics, a court heard today.

Teenager Kaylea Titford, 16, was allegedly neglected by her parents and lived in a filthy room in the last days of her young life.

A court heard her weight shot up during lockdown and became morbidly obese – dining on takeaways five nights a week.

But the trial heard she had been ‘fiercely independent’ as a younger child despite having spina bifida.

Kaylea Titford, 16, was allegedly neglected by her parents and lived in a filthy room in the last days before she died

Kaylea Titford, 16, was allegedly neglected by her parents and lived in a filthy room in the last days before she died

Kaylea’s former learning support assistant in school Belinda Jones told jurors she had been active in sports.

Mrs Jones told Mold Crown Court she began helping Kaylea at Newtown High School in Powys, mid-Wales, in 2016.

She said: ‘Kaylea had enjoyed sports like basketball using an adapted wheelchair.

‘She participated at the beginning. When she first came I think she was looked at by the Paralympics for either basketball or tennis’, Ms Jones said.

But over the next few years, she said Kaylea put on weight and ‘didn’t look comfortable in her chair’.

Father Alun Titford, 45, is accused of gross negligence manslaughter and causing or allowing a child to die after Kaylea was found dead in bed.

Kaylea’s mother, Sarah Lloyd-Jones, 39, has admitted being to blame and has pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Sarah Lloyd-Jones, 39, has admitted being to blame and has pleaded guilty to gross negligence manslaughter and causing or allowing a child to die

Sarah Lloyd-Jones, 39, has admitted being to blame and has pleaded guilty to gross negligence manslaughter and causing or allowing a child to die

Home office pathologist Deryk James who carried out a post-mortem examination on Kaylea following her death gave evidence at Mold Crown Court.

He said: ‘This was a 16-year-old girl with spina bifida who was grossly obese with a BMI of 70.

‘There was no pathological reason for this obesity but for the consequences of her lack of mobility, consequence of her disability and down to her intake of food and drink.

‘This was down to how she was being cared for.

‘Her physical state is unhygienic – her matted hair and skin would suggest she had not had a proper wash for many weeks.’

But prosecutor Caroline Rees KC said that at the time of her death in October 2020 Kaylea was ‘living in conditions not fit for animals’ and forced to use ‘puppy pads’ to go to the toilet on her urine-soaked floor.

Kaylea's father Alun Titford, 45, is accused of gross negligence manslaughter and causing or allowing a child to die

Kaylea’s father Alun Titford, 45, is accused of gross negligence manslaughter and causing or allowing a child to die

Ms said: ‘She lived and died in squalor and degradation.

‘Their serious failures were hidden from the scrutiny of the outside world from March 2020 by reason of the national lockdown during the global Covid pandemic.

‘We further say that the parents’ negligence was so gross as to be properly characterised as criminal.’

The court heard maggots were found inside her body and more than 100 flies were found in her adapted room.

Titford, of Newtown, Powys, denies manslaughter and causing or allowing a child to die.

The trial, listed for up to four weeks, in front of Mr Justice Griffiths, continues.

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