The father of starved Birmingham girl Khyra Ishaq has branded an appeal against sentence by her killer mother Angela Gordon an “insult”.
Gordon, 35, was given a 15-year jail sentence earlier this year for the manslaughter of Khyra, aged seven.
But Gordon, from Handsworth, has told her legal team to fight the term.
Khyra’s father Ishaq Abuzaire said: “This appeal is an insult, it’s disgraceful.
“More than anything it’s an insult to the surviving kids and the nightmare they went through.
“I thought 15 years was a light sentence. She should have got longer, so I can’t understand why she’s appealing.
“I hope it doesn’t succeed.”
The Court of Appeal confirmed Gordon had officially lodged a petition but said that no date had yet been set for a hearing.
Gordon’s partner Junaid Abuhamza was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of seven-and-a-half years for his role in Khyra’s manslaughter.
He has not appealed against his sentence.
The pair subjected the little girl and five siblings to months of abuse and their cases highlighted a catalogue of failure by Birmingham City Council’s social services department.
After the couple were arrested two of her siblings nearly died in hospital because of “re-feeding syndrome” – a phenomenon first seen in Nazi concentration camps.
Hospital staff were so emotionally effected by the state of the children that they allowed them to eat too much and it nearly killed them.
The courts heard how nine different social workers, police officers, teachers and education officials had monitored Khyra but failed to intervene.