'She was always happy and the best daughter in the world' - Family of Ellie-May Coyle make heartbreaking tribute to toddler outside Liverpool Crown Court

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The family of Ellie-May Coyle read a heartbreaking statement outside Liverpool Crown Court follow the sentencing of Lauren Coyle and Reece Hitchcott after they were found guilty of the toddler's death.

Lauren Coyle, 19, of Collins Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston and Reece Hitchcott, 20, of The Fieldings, Fulwood, Preston. were sentenced to 10 years detention at a young offenders institution.

Pictured left, Ellies dad John Minshull and right grandmother Sharon Minshull

Pictured left, Ellies dad John Minshull and right grandmother Sharon Minshull

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Ellie-May's father stood quietly during the statement, wearing a top displaying the words 'Justice for my daughter Ellie-May'.

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The statement read by Ellie-May's grandmother, Sharon Minshull, said: "Ellie-May was a beautiful little girl, she was so special to everyone around her.

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"She was always happy and the best daughter in the world.

"She was the perfect daughter, and perfect granddaughter, and will always be in our hearts and minds.

Sharon Minshull went on to thank Mr Terani and the police and for all the support the family had received.