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    A father murdered his baby daughter just two weeks after formally adopting her with his husband, a court heard.

    Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is accused of killing 18-month old Elsie in Cardiff after "assaulting and abusing" her over several months.

    Cardiff Crown Court heard Elsie suffered traumatic head injuries in May 2016 and she died at the city's University Hospital of Wales.

    The defendant from Delabole, Cornwall denies murder.

    Baby Elsie had been taken into care just days after being born, the jury was told.

    At the age of 10 months she was taken in by fitness instructor Matthew Scully-Hicks and his husband Craig in September 2015.

    The couple had been married for three years and Matthew Scully-Hicks had given up full-time work to care for any children.

    Eight months later, the couple completed the adoption process. A fortnight later Elsie was dead.

    "Within two weeks of Elsie's formal adoption by the couple, we allege that the defendant had inflicted fatal injuries upon her," prosecutor Paul Lewis QC said.

    Serious injury

    He told the jury that on 25 May 2016, the ambulance service received a 999 call from Matthew Scully-Hicks reporting that Elsie was unresponsive.

    Mr Lewis told the court that paramedics attended the house and found Elsie was not breathing, with no signs of cardiac output.

    "The injuries that caused her death were inflicted upon her by the defendant shortly before he called emergency services that day," said Mr Lewis.

    "His attack upon her that day was not the first time he had employed violence towards Elsie, nor was it the first time he had caused her serious injury.

    "His actions on the late afternoon of 25 May were the tragic culmination of a course of violent conduct on his part towards a defenceless child - an infant that he should have loved and protected, but whom he instead assaulted, abused, and ultimately murdered."

    The court heard Elsie had suffered haemorrhages to her brain and behind her eyes, and doctors decided to switch her ventilator off.

    Hospital treatments

    Tests showed there were older bleeds to her brain and behind her eyes.

    A post-mortem examination revealed Elsie had also suffered several broken ribs, a fractured left femur and a fractured skull.

    The court was told Matthew Scully-Hicks carried out the alleged attacks on Elsie while his husband Craig worked full time as a company director.

    Mr Lewis told the jury about a catalogue of injuries Elsie had suffered during her short life.

    In November 2015, two months after she had been taken in by the couple, she had fractured her ankle while in the sole care of Matthew Scully-Hicks who had given differing accounts of how she had suffered the injury.

    A month later she sustained a bruise to her forehead which a health visitor advised needed treating. Matthew Scully-Hicks allegedly lied he had done so, the jury heard.

    In January, Elise suffered another bruise on her head and in March she was taken to hospital by ambulance after Matthew Scully-Hicks said she had fallen down the stairs.

    She was discharged from hospital after four hours after her injuries were considered "consistent with a fall downstairs".
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
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    source: Matthew Scully-Hicks 'murdered' adopted baby after two weeks - BBC News
    '...a court heard...'

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladyuk View Post
    '...a court heard...'

    Let the legal process run its course before you reach for your chainsaw.

    Tell that to the BBC.
    “We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pip in a Poke View Post
    Thanks.

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    “We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    Closing your eyes doesn't stop bad tulip from happening
    We all know you are an idiot but it is ok to stop digging sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladyuk View Post
    We all know you are an idiot but it is ok to stop digging sometimes.
    What are you talking about cornbread?
    “We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    What are you talking about cornbread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    Tell that to the BBC.
    Would that be the same BBC that clearly stated that he is accused of the crime in the second sentence of the article you quoted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFitz View Post
    Would that be the same BBC that clearly stated that he is accused of the crime in the second sentence of the article you quoted?
    I wouldn't bother. It is like going to the supermarket mince counter and trying to explain jurisprudence to the produce.
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