A mother and her boyfriend are accused of murdering the woman’s three-year-old daughter, who was found to have suffered 19 rib fractures in the hours before her death.
Priest, 23, of Poplar Avenue, Edgbaston and Callum Redfern, 22, of Temple Street, Lower Gornal, Dudley, have denied murder, manslaughter and allowed the death of a child between August 7 and 10 last year.
They have also pleaded guilty to child abuse, reports BirminghamLive.
The pastor called 999 on August 9 last year to call for help, but by the time paramedics arrived, Kaylee had already been dead for several hours, Andrew Smith, QC prosecutor, said.
He said by mid-June, the couple had been in a close relationship and had gone on a series of trips with both and without Kaylee.
Redfern was also a regular visitor to the Priest’s apartment and Birmingham Crown Court heard messages between them showing a “careless attitude” towards the girl.
Smith said Kaylee had suffered injuries in the months and weeks leading up to August 8 when Redfern came to Kingshurst House with a friend.
It was then, he claimed, that Kaylee was subjected to a “violent attack” that left her with serious injuries to her chest, including a punctured lung and internal shaking of the intestines.
She also suffered 19 rib fractures in the hours before her death, it was claimed.
The pastor said she loved and trusted her partner Callum Redfern, and it “did not occur to him” that he would harm Kaylee-Jayde Priest.
Sir. Smith said: “The catalyst may have been that Kaylee interrupted them by spending time together.
“They bear joint responsibility for Kaylee’s murder.”
The pastor gave evidence that after the severance of a relationship with a former partner, she had met Redfern, whom she had known for eight years.
“When I first contacted him, it was more to see him again,” she said.
“The first time I saw him face to face was on May 18. I had not seen him for a long time.
“It was in my apartment at Kingshurst House.
“It immediately went further, we had sex. I wanted it with him. I felt alone. I felt I needed that person to help me and want to be with me and not someone who would cheat on me. and hurt me. “
“I just felt like I loved him and wanted to do everything for him.”
She said Redfern was “amazing” with Kaylee and continued, “I felt it was nice to get help and I trusted him.”
Asked how she disciplined her daughter, Priest said she would initially knock her on the hand, put her on the “naughty step” and would occasionally hit her.
The pastor said Redfern would also discipline Kaylee from around June.
“It would vary,” she said. “I wanted to hear it, or I could see it.
“He told me he had beaten her. It was mostly bedtime.
“I said, ‘She’s three and she does not understand’, basically. I did not say anything to stop it.
“I was scared and did not know how to ask him.
“He just told me he had beaten her. He raised his hand back so it was pretty hard.
“I said, ‘She was three,’ but that never changed him from doing what he did.”
She said Redfern wanted to hit her daughter to the bottom and that it was “too many times”.
But the pastor said it did not “cross her mind” that Redfern may have caused damage to Kaylee.