Accused ‘heartbroken’ after death of baby

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The mother of a Stapleford man accused of murdering a 14-month-old baby says the child’s death “broke his heart.”

Daryl Elliott is accused of killing baby Amelia Bowmar, his partner’s child.

He has declined to give evidence, but his mother, Elizabeth Peel, told a jury he was deeply affected.

“It broke his heart, totally devastated him,” said Mrs Peel in evidence at Nottingham Crown Court.

“It has changed him completely. He was always bubbly and happy. He is depressed. He stays in his bedroom most of the time.”

Paul Mann QC, defending, asked her: “How is he with children now?”

Mrs Peel replied: “He doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. He can’t interact with them anymore.”

Elliott denies Amelia’s murder.

It is alleged the 30-year-old shook Amelia when he lost his temper. Her injuries were typical of a child being shaken, said Patrick Cartlidge, a consultant paediatrician.

Yvonne Coen QC asked Dr Cartlidge: “What in your opinion is the most likely explanation for the subdural bleeding that was found to Amelia?”

The doctor told her: “I think it was caused by her being vigorously shaken.”

He said that in his view and based on the history, her head injury was sustained immediately before she became unwell.

During interviews, Elliott’s account of events leading up to a 999 call to emergency services remained the same as it had to doctors and paramedics, say prosecutors. He said he had popped out for a juice, leaving Amelia on the sofa, and returned to find her lifeless on the floor.

After submitting his report, Dr Cartlidge saw a new account of what apparently happened to Amelia, made by the defendant. It gave a different version of what occurred, and described how Amelia had been dropped.

She banged her head on the side of the bath halfway, went underwater for a second or two and swallowed water.

She was taken out of the bath and recovered. Later she was found collapsed after Elliott went to get a drink.

The doctor said: “As a clinician, I find it unusual, bizarre, that a relevant, serious incident was concealed from clinicians trying to save the life of Amelia.”

The case continues.