'The birth family of Elsie Scully-Hicks have said she would "still be alive today" if she had not been removed from their care by social services and placed in the care of a Cornwall man and his husband.
Matthew Scully-Hicks, who grew up in Delabole, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison for murdering Elsie in May 2016, just two weeks after formally adopting her.
Scully-Hicks, a part-time fitness instructor, showed no emotion as judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies described how he had murdered 18-month-old Elsie at his home in Llandaff, Cardiff.
Cardiff Crown Court heard the 31-year-old struggled to cope with Elsie, describing her as "Satan dressed up in a Baby grow", "a psycho" and "the exorcist" in text messages.
Mrs Justice Davies, when sentencing Scully-Hicks, took into account a victim impact statement - which was not read in court - provided by Elsie's birth family.
In the statement, which can now be reported following an application by the Press Association, Elsie's natural family said they were "numb with pain".'
Read more: Elsie Scully-Hicks' murder: the baby 'would still be alive if social services had not taken her', birth family says
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