A mum who is accused of murdering her three-year-old daughter filmed a TikTok dance video days after the girl’s death, a court heard.
Little Kaylee-Jayde Priest was found dead at a flat in Kingshurst, West Midlands, on August 9 last year.
Nicola Priest, 23, and her lover, Callum Redfern, 22, have denied murder, manslaughter and allowing the death of a child.
During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Gurdeep Garcha QC, representing Redfern, asked Priest about social media and she confirmed she had a TikTok account.
She admitted that on September 22 she published a video called “My Version” with a smiley face emoji while she was living in supported accommodation, Birmingham Live reports.
In the clip, she was dancing to the music and smiling, the court heard.
Mr Garcha asked Priest: “This is 45 days after Kaylee died?”
The mother replied: “Yes. It does not mean I was not broken. Just because I did a few dance videos doesn’t mean I didn’t miss my little girl.”
When Mr Garcha suggested Priest was responsible for Kaylee’s death, the woman denied it and said: “I adored my little girl.”
Another TikTok video made by Priest on September 23 was played in court, and the mum she explained: “It is another song. It is on Tik Tok. You find them all the time.”
Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said Priest called 999 for an ambulance to help her daughter.
He told the court her daughter was already dead and had received serious injuries to her chest and abdomen in a sustained assault.
A combination of internal injuries were consistent with heavy blows, possibly kicks or stamps and that the degree of force involved would have been equivalent to doctors treating children having been involved in a road traffic collision, he told the court.
It is alleged that Priest and Redfern, who had formed a close sexual relationship by June last year, were jointly responsible for causing the girl’s death.
Mr Smith said messages between them showed an “uncaring attitude” towards Kaylee.
Mr Smith said: “The prosecution cannot say for certain whether it was one or both who physically assaulted Kaylee.
“The catalyst may have been Kaylee interrupting them spending time together.
“They bear joint responsibility for Kaylee’s murder.”
The court was previously told that Kaylee’s bedroom was missing carpet, curtains, a duvet cover, a bed sheet and a light bulb when West Midlands Ambulance Service technician Miss Caitlin Harper arrived at 11.17am.
“[Priest] was crying and distressed and calling out, ‘I don’t think she’s alive,'” Miss Harper recalled.
“The little girl was on the floor next to the bed, lying on her back.”
The trial continues.