THE mum of murdered schoolgirl Casey Kearney has spoken publicly for the first time since her daughter’s random stabbing on Valentine’s Day.
Kerry Day, 32, has told how the last thing she said to her 13-year-old daughter was that she loved her before sending her off to a sleepover with a bag full of make-up and girly DVDs.
But an hour later she received a call from Casey’s phone, expecting it to be the McAuley High School pupil saying she had arrived safely. But instead it was the voice of a police officer who said Casey had been found collapsed in Elmfield Park.
She said: “My blood ran cold. My first thought was that she’d has an asthma attack, but when the officer said she was being taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary and that we should come straightaway, I knew it was more serious.”
What she did not know was that Casey had missed her bus stop on the way to her friend’s house and had been walking through Elmfield Park when she came across Hannah Bonser who, without any motivation stabbed the teenager in the stomach with a kitchen knife.
Mrs Day added: “At first I assumed Casey had been in a fight, but she wasn’t really confrontational, she just went about her business.”
“A doctor said Casey had been stabbed in the stomach and that the main artery next to her spine had been severed.
“She’s lost an enormous amount of blood but they were doing all they could to save her life.”
Mrs Kerry, who is now married to Mark Day, 27, said she rushed to the hospital along with Casey’s father Anthony Kearney and her grandparents to wait for news.
But after seven hours in theatre the family was told there was no chance of Casey, of Rossington, pulling through.
She added: “Nothing could prepare me for what I saw. Casey was struggling to breathe and she had blood in her beautiful red hair. I went to her bedside and clutched her hand. I couldn’t believe it was my daughter lying there, fighting for her life.
“I’d been positive she’d pull through. Casey was strong, she was a fighter. But I could see there was no change in her - and I knew I was going to lose her.”
Mrs Day, who has three other daughters - Sophie, 11, Amy, two, and Ella, ten months, told new! magazine she could not eat or sleep in the days following Casey’s death, and her daughter’s funeral was the saddest day of her life.
Bonser, 27, of Cusworth House, St James’ Street, was jailed for a minimum of 22 years after a jury found her guilty of murder. Jurors rejected claims that Bonser, who has suffered psychiatric problems for years, was not responsible for her actions because of her mental state.
The family were in court to see Bonser locked up, and were praised by Judge Mr Justice Cranston for their dignity during the trial.