BABY ELSIE ‘SCREAMED & COL­LAPSED’

Western Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Claire Hay­hurst news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

AMAN ac­cused of mur­der­ing his adopted daugh­ter told a paramedic she had “screamed out as in pain and col­lapsed”, a court heard.

Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is ac­cused of in­flict­ing a cat­a­logue of se­ri­ous in­juries on Elsie Scully-Hicks be­fore her death in May 2016.

He for­mally adopted the 18-month-old with hus­band Craig Scully-Hicks, 36, an ac­count man­ager, just two weeks ear­lier.

Matthew Scully-Hicks, from De­labole, Corn­wall, de­nies mur­der­ing Elsie at the cou­ple’s home in Llandaff, Cardiff, on May 29.

Cardiff Crown Court has heard he called 999 at 6.18pm on May 25 re­port­ing that he had found Elsie un­re­spon­sive on the liv­ing room floor.

Paramedic Jonathan Aberg told the jury he at­tended the prop­erty with po­lice at 6.25pm.

“There were po­lice lit­er­ally sec­onds in front of me at the ad­dress, so it was them who knocked on the door,” Mr Aberg said. “He (Scully-Hicks) di­rected us round to the right, to where the child was. I be­lieve she was on her back. She ap­peared life­less. A lit­tle blue. We started CPR. She wasn’t breath­ing. She had no pulse.”

Elsie was taken to the pae­di­atric in­ten­sive care unit at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of Wales, he con­firmed.

She ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal at 6.53pm and her care was taken over by hos­pi­tal staff.

Read­ing from his notes, Mr Aberg said: “Dad re­ported child screamed out as in pain and col­lapsed. Called 999. CPR com­menced.”

Paul Lewis QC, pros­e­cut­ing, pre­vi­ously told the jury that Scully-Hicks never re­peated this information to his hus­band, po­lice or doc­tors.

Elsie died at the hos­pi­tal in the early hours of May 29.

Tests found she had ev­i­dence of both re­cent and older bleed­ing in her brain, and haem­or­rhages in front of her eyes.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that she suf­fered sev­eral bro­ken ribs, a frac­tured left fe­mur and a frac­tured skull.

Two neigh­bours told the court on Wed­nes­day how Scully-Hicks would shout and swear at Elsie when she cried.

But they added that they had no con­cerns over her wel­fare.

On Tues­day, Craig Scully-Hicks in­sisted their home was “filled with love and hap­pi­ness all the time”.

Scully-Hicks is also ac­cused of de­scrib­ing Elsie as “a psy­cho” and “Satan dressed up in a baby­gro” in mes­sages to his hus­band and friends.

Elsie, who was removed from her nat­u­ral mother within days of her birth in Novem­ber 2014, went to live with the cou­ple in Septem­ber 2015.

She frac­tured her right leg in Novem­ber that year and suf­fered bruises to her head in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary 2016.

On March 10, she was taken to the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of Wales after fall­ing down the stairs.

Scully-Hicks de­nies mur­der and the trial con­tin­ues.

> Matthew Scully-Hicks arrives at Cardiff Crown Court

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