The boy who was drugged and beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend is finally put to rest more than two years later when the grieving father wins a legal battle to bury her after he has been left out of her birth certificate.
- Eve Leatherland was 22 months old when she died in Liskeard, Cornwall in 2017
- Her father was only able to bury her earlier this month after a long legal battle
- She was buried in a pink coffin which arrived in a carriage drawn by white horses
A child who was drugged and beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend was finally buried after the grieving father won a two-year legal battle.
Eve Leatherland was only 22 months old when she was killed at her home in Liskeard, Cornwall in 2017.
But her father, Dean Bird, was only able to rest her earlier this month following a lengthy legal battle to obtain the necessary authorizations after he was given the birth certificate.
Eve Leatherland was only 22 months old when she was killed at her home in Liskeard, Cornwall in 2017. She was finally put to rest earlier this month.
Dean went to Facebook on the day of the ceremony, February 8, to pay homage to his daughter.
His post said: ‘Too good for this world. We all know that they needed a princess in paradise and that heaven had the best there was.
“You, my princess, will always be my princess, but remember one thing … if one day you find your prince, remember that I am dad and you are my princess.
“I love you more than you ever know and today we put you to sleep in your bed forever. I love you night night, my angel xxxxx.
“You kept the sun shining all day.”
He also shared photographs of the ceremony of Eva’s pink coffin, which had arrived in a carriage pulled by four white horses.
Her father, Dean Bird, (pictured with Eva) had to endure a long legal battle to obtain the necessary permits after being left out of the birth certificate.
The girl’s mother, Abigail Leatherland, originally met her boyfriend, Tom Curd, on social media.
The curd quickly moved with Leatherland to the house he shared with his two young children.
The jury was told during a two-week trial at the Truro Crown Court that Curd had repeatedly beaten Eva while in an affair with her mother.
He left the girl with multiple rib fractures and two skull fractures in the days preceding her death.
She was later killed after she was given a fatal dose of the Codeine drug that prosecutors reported that Curd had administered in an attempt to hide the injuries she inflicted.
Curd, 31, of Watford, has been sentenced to life in prison for at least 20 years in prison for the murder of Eva. Leatherland, 26, formerly of Liskeard, was then detained for three and a half years after being sentenced for causing or allowing the death of a child
Curd, 31, of Watford, was sentenced to life in prison for a minimum of 20 years in prison for the murder of Eva.
The judge told Leatherland that he had failed his daughter and had not taken the appropriate measures to protect her.
Leatherland, 26, formerly Liskeard, was then detained for three and a half years after being sentenced for causing or allowing the death of a child.