A schizophrenic mother who stabbed her three-year-old daughter to death before dousing her body in acid in Birmingham must stay in a secure psychiatric hospital for the public's protection, a judge has ruled.
Iman Omar Yousef, 25, was sentenced by Mr Justice Flaux after a jury ruled she unlawfully killed Alia Ahmed Jama at their home in Erdington.
Yousef, an asylum seeker from Somalia, was initially charged with Alia's murder but after psychiatric assessment she was ruled unfit to plead to the charge and jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were instructed to consider whether she committed the act of unlawfully killing her daughter.
The panel of seven men and four women took just under two hours to reach a verdict.
The judge said: "This has not been an easy case for any of us".
During the two-day trial, conducted in the defendant's absence, the court heard that Alia's body was found partly covered with bin liners on a bedroom floor.
Prosecutor James Burbidge, QC, said Yousef may have applied the acid to her daughter's body in a bid to "dissolve her away".
The prosecutor told the jury that two officers from West Midlands Police forced entry to Yousef's home in Milverton Road on February 13 after concerns for Alia's wellbeing were raised by Yousef's mother.
The court heard the child had been stabbed repeatedly and acid had corroded her skin, bones and internal organs.