Dagenham mum’s pain as baby’s ashes given to ‘evil’ convict’s family
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A grieving mum has been denied her only chance of comfort after her baby’s ashes were handed to her violent ex-boyfriend’s family.
Chloe Turner was cut with razors and beaten with stool legs by L J Bluestar-Hill, 26, as she mourned the loss of their nine-week-old daughter, Alexis, to cot death in 2012.
Despite now being behind bars, Bluestar-Hill was able to release the ashes to his family on Friday because he applied for the cremation, with Chloe admitting to the Post that the update has left her “heartbroken”.
“I didn’t stop crying all day,” the 24-year-old, who lives in Dagenham, said. “It’s devastating, it felt like a bomb hit me and exploded. Getting her back was my only chance of comfort.”
Bluestar-Hill insisted on having control over the funeral at Adam & Greenwood Funeral Home in Billericay, Essex, forcing Chloe to say goodbye to her daughter while listening to gangster rap and barring her family from the ceremony.
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“He stopped me speaking to my family,” she recalled. “It broke me.”
An injunction for her own protection bans Chloe from appealing to Bluestar-Hill, who pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in 2013 and was jailed for nine years and four months.
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Chloe says she’s disgusted that four years of fighting for her daughter’s ashes were thwarted by a technicality.
“He doesn’t care about her,” she said. “If he cared about her he wouldn’t have beat me up in front of her – he’s done this to spite me. This is him being evil again and trying to control me.”
Lorri Turner, senior manager at Adam & Greenwood Funeral Home, offered his condolences.
“Legally, we can only release the ashes to the individual who applied for cremation – in this case the father – or someone appointed by them through appropriate written consent,” he said. “We therefore had no alternative but to release the ashes.”
Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas came out in support of Chloe after the Post reported on her fight for Alexis’ ashes, and Barking MP Margaret Hodge is exploring legal action to help her constituent.
“I am continuing to do everything I can to help Chloe with this situation,” she said.