Murder of the Kumari-Baker sisters

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Rekha Kumari-Baker
Born Rekha Kumari
1968 (age 48–49)
Nationality American[citation needed]
Occupation Waitress
Criminal charge Murder
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment (minimum tariff 33 years)
Criminal status In prison
Motive Revenge against ex-partner
Conviction(s) Murder

Davina and Jasmine Kumari-Baker were murdered by their mother who stabbed them to death at their home in Stretham, Cambridgeshire while they slept in June 2007.[1] Rekha Kumari-Baker was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 33 years.[2][3] The oldest daughter Davina, aged 16, was killed first, with Kumari-Baker stabbing her 39 times. The younger daughter Jasmine, aged 13, was found dead in her bed stabbed 29 times.[4]

The prosecutor stated that Rekha Kumari-Baker killed the girls as a form of revenge against her ex-husband, David Baker.[5]

Council review[edit]

Cambridgeshire County Council conducted a review into the murders and found they could not have been prevented and listed recommendations for social workers in relation to the review.[6]

See also[edit]

Cases of filicide attributed to revenge against an ex-spouse:


  1. ^ "Mother Rekha Kumari-Baker sentenced to 33 years for murders of children". The Daily Telegraph. September 23, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Killer mother jailed for 33 years". BBC News. September 22, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Restricted access - log in required". The Times online. 
  4. ^ "Mother jailed for killing teen daughters". September 22, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Siddique, Haroon (2009-09-21). "Mother guilty of murdering daughters". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Two child murders in Cambridgeshire 'not preventable'". BBC News. September 8, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.