AN EVIL boxer who brutally murdered a 21-month-old girl after weeks of horrific abuse previously fundraised for the Birmingham hospital which treated her after a violent attack.
Sean Sadler, 31, left "bubbly" Lilly Hanrahan, 1, with catastrophic brain injuries and six broken ribs after a brutal attack in November 2017.
A court heard Sadler had started a relationship with Lilly's legal guardian and had been asked to look after her at a property in Northfield, Birmingham.
But the "happy and bubbly" youngster was rushed to hospital after being found unresponsive by paramedics at the home.
Surgeons battled to save her, yet Lilly tragically had her life support withdrawn three days later.
Medical experts believed her catastrophic brain injuries were caused by being shaken and hurled against a soft surface such as the armrest of a settee.
Later, 40 injuries were discovered on her tiny body — including three fractured spinal vertebrae and a bleed in her lungs.
But before this Sadler had presented himself as a Good Samaritan, convincing people to hand over money for charity events.
And this included one to raise cash for Birmingham Children's Hospital, where Lilly died.
Sadler had poised with fists clenched for the camera in the poster for his forthcoming fight, dedicated to the hospital.
On a JustGiving page set up to drum up cash for the 2016 contest, Sadler, who carried the ring nickname The Student, posts: "I am taking part in a white-collar boxing event for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity because it is a great charity that will help local kids."
Today, the "shameful and cowardly" 32-year-old is weeks into a life sentence imposed for murdering a 21-month-old girl he was babysitting.
In a video cash appeal for a December 2016 contest, he announced: "I got into white-collar boxing to raise money for good causes.
"I don’t live too far from Birmingham Children’s Hospital and I did do a tour. Some of the things they do at the hospital are amazing.2
Fans will now regret handing over the £75 Sadler raised for the contest.
In November 2017, he made a fresh cash appeal for the hospital.
The goodwill message masked a savage who subjected Lilly to systematic abuse before her death.
Every man and his dog is disgusted – they wish they’d given him a bigger slap in the ring
His crime has shocked and repulsed Birmingham’s white-collar circuit. One trainer, who shared a gym with Sadler, told Birmingham Live: "Every man and his dog is disgusted – they wish they’d given him a bigger slap in the ring.
"What is surprising is, with boxing, everything usually gets shook off in the ring. People do contact sport to destroy their demons."
Lesley Hanrahan had looked after her granddaughter for four months after she was born in February 2016, as Lilly's mum had been unable to care for the newborn herself.
She was later placed with a legal guardian — though Lesley was able to see her granddaughter often.
The court heard how Sadler had started a relationship with Lilly's guardian in the Spring of 2017, and was often tasked with looking after the child at her property in Northfield, Birmingham.
From September that year, the guardian began to notice bruises on Lilly and began photographing them. She later alerted Lilly’s nursery so they could monitor her.
On the afternoon of November 19, 2017 Lilly was left in Sadler's care while the guardian went out.
But she was rushed to hospital later that day after being found unresponsive by paramedics at the property.
Although surgeons battled to save her, Lilly's injuries were too severe and she tragically had her life support withdrawn three days later.
Sadler claimed that Lilly went to sleep on the settee but did not wake when he tried to rouse her – prompting him to call an ambulance.
Medics at the hospital discovered bruising on her scalp under her hair – and a post-mortem later revealed the horrific head injury which killed her as well as six broken ribs.
Experts believe these were non-accidental, and the likely cause was that she had been violently shaken and thrown against a soft surface.
Shockingly, this was not the only abuse Lilly had suffered as it emerged she had three fractured vertebrae in her spine and bleeding in her lungs which had happened some two to three weeks previously.
Sadler, from Rubery, Birmingham, was arrested and charged with Lilly's murder and wounding.
During his trial, the jury heard from expert witnesses who testified that they found multiple sites of recent and healing injuries on Lilly's body.
They discovered a total of 40 injuries, including 20 to her head and neck, which were considered to be consistent with gripping with excessive force or being slapped.
After the case, Lilly’s heartbroken grandmother Lesley Hanrahan released heartbreaking footage of her precious granddaughter dancing and laughing for the camera.
She said: “Lilly loved to dance.
“She would hear music and her arm would shoot up in the air. She was well away. She loved playing she did.
"I've got another grandchild and when you look at her, you'd think it was Lilly, and it kills me."
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