Baby death: man on trial

Nottingham Crown COurt.
Nottingham Crown COurt.

A MAN has gone on trial for murder after he allegedly shook his partner’s baby daughter to death.

Darryl Elliott, of Stapleford, is said to have lost his temper with 14-month-old Amelia Bowmar.

Amelia was taken to hospital with serious internal injuries after restaurant worker Elliott called 999 from his girlfriend’s Lincolnshire home to say he thought the child had fallen over. “Her eyes are fading,” he told a 999 operator. “Her heart is still beating.”

Amelia was taken to hospital in Grimsby, then transferred to a specialist team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where she remained on life support. Elliott and Amelia’s mother, Sarah Bowmar, 28, who were living together in Sandringham Drive, Sutton-on-Sea, were told the child’s brain was swelling and she might die.

She never regained consciousness, the jury at Elliott’s trial heard yesterday.

Amelia was christened in hospital and her life support turned off three days after she collapsed last July.

Elliott, 30, who denies murder, was arrested at hospital, initially on suspicion of assaulting Amelia.

He had been looking after her while her mother worked as a sales manager at Mablethorpe Chalet Park.

During interviews Elliott’s account of events leading up to the 999 call 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.

Yvonne Coen QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “He was asked by the police, ‘can you explain how she came by these injuries?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know. I just walked in and found her on the floor’.”

A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was non-accidental head injury.

“This case concerns the tragic death of a baby girl,” said Ms Coen. “Amelia Bowmar was just over a year old when she died at the end of July 2012.

“Doctors say she had suffered a serious internal head injury. The injuries are of the type seen when a baby has been shaken. The Crown says the defendant was responsible for the injuries that caused her death.”

She later added that “any carer will know that shaking a baby is a very dangerous thing to do”. She told the jury: “You may conclude that, in the grip of temper, when he was shaking her, he intended to cause her really serious harm.”

The trial continues.