A mum has recalled how her daughter was murdered by her abusive partner who stole part of her brain before taking her dead body to hospital.

Leslie Browning, from Texas, is still heartbroken over the gruesome killing of Alicia Scott who was shot in the head by her controlling husband Daniel in 2017.

The pair were wed in October 2004 when Alicia was just 16 years old after a brief courtship.

Leslie says she strongly disapproved of the marriage and initially refused to give permission to the union - which subsequently caused the family to fall out.

The mother and daughter were eventually able to bury the hatchet but Leslie says she continued to dislike Daniel who she believed was bullying Alicia.

Alicia and Daniel Scott in the final picture of them taken together before he shot her

Daniel became increasingly jealous during their marriage and refused to let his wife make new friends or speak to her sisters.

The pair, who eventually had three children together, moved to Alaska in 2007 where they lived with Daniel's parents - but the young family again moved back to Texas in 2010 where the mother and daughter once again drew closer.

But on December 27 2018, Leslie received the terrible news that her daughter had been killed, aged only 26.

Alicia (L) her sister Courtney and mum, Leslie (R)

Daniel claimed that he had been cleaning his firearm when it unexpectedly went off in his hand sending a bullet through Alicia's forehead.

The blast blew a huge hole in the back of Alicia's head. Daniel then threw her over his shoulder and took her to hospital but not before taking a part of her brain.

Leslie said her family's lives were shattered forever after hearing the tragic news.

She told the Sun : "I couldn’t stop screaming. I thought my heart was going to break in half, the pain was so bad."

Alicia when she was three years old

While at the hospital, Daniel was holding a piece of Alicia's brain and refused to hand it over, telling police that keep it because it was all he had left of her.

"So even in death, Daniel had to keep a piece of his wife", said Leslie.

Detectives thankfully saw through Daniels lies and charged him with the murder of his long-suffering wife.

In March 2018, he was found guilty of Alicia’s murder and he was sentenced to 70 years in jail following a trial.

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Leslie said: "I was there to see him in court and it was a bittersweet day. I fought hard to have custody of my grand-children but this was awarded to their paternal grandparents because they had lived with them for so much of their lives. 

Leslie says the only way she has been able to overcome the profound loss was to set up a domestic abuse charity - Alicia’s Voice Foundation - which she hopes can help victims of abuse like her daughter.

"I will never stop telling her story – if I can save one person it’s worth it."