Couple on trial over the death of their baby girl

TWO parents have gone on trial over allegations that they neglected their 18-week-old baby daughter in the lead-up to her death.

Kayleigh Sheard was found dead at her home in Foldings Avenue, Scholes, with fractures, burns, bruises and bite marks.

A jury heard she was discovered by paramedics in a bouncy chair in front of a gas fire which had been put on its maximum setting.

Leeds Crown Court was told that when she was found, Kayleigh’s face was covered in Sudocrem, which is primarily used to treat nappy rash.

It is alleged that Kayleigh’s parents, Lucy Damen, 22, and Daniel Sheard, 24, “neglected Kayleigh by failing to provide adequate medical care”.

Both deny a charge of cruelty to a person under the age of 16.

As well as the burns, Kayleigh had other injuries including extensive fractures to her shoulder and arm and evidence that she suffered bites and bruises to her face, head and body.

Due to the cause of death never being determined, prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC said “it can’t be said Kayleigh died of an unlawful act”.

The court heard that Sheard phoned 999 on September 30, 2012, and told the call handler his daughter was in a collapsed state and was cold to the touch. He also told the operator the child had been sunburned the day before and he had been told by a doctor to put Sudocrem on her.

Mr Campbell said that the paramedics who examined Kayleigh said her body was cold to the touch and showed no signs of life. She was pronounced dead minutes later.

Mr Campbell said the prosecution was unable to say who was responsible for the child’s injuries.

But he told the jury: “They neglected their daughter by failing to provide adequate aid for her both generally and in consequence of her injuries.”

The trial continues.

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