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Dad accused of murdering baby he had just adopted

Alleged ‘violent
conduct’: Matthew

A FITNESS instructor ‘assaulted, abused and ultimately murdered’ his 18-month-old adopted daughter, a court has heard.

Matthew Scully-Hicks is accused of ‘a course of violent conduct’ towards ‘defenceless’ Elsie Scully-Hicks ending in her death two weeks after being formally adopted by him and his husband Craig Scully-Hicks.

Elsie was unresponsive when paramedics were called to the family’s home in Cardiff in May 2016, the city’s crown court heard.

Scully-Hicks told an operator: ‘I was just changing my daughter for bed and she went all floppy and limp.’ Elsie died in hospital four days later after suffering bleeding on both sides of her brain. A post-mortem examination revealed she had also suffered several broken ribs, a fractured left thigh bone and skull.

Prosecutor Paul Lewis QC said Scully-Hicks gave up full-time work to care for Elsie while his husband continued as a company director.

He listed occasions Elsie suffered injuries, including an incident in March 2016 when Scully-Hicks said the baby gate had opened and Elsie ‘tumbled down the stairs’.

The 31-year-old denies murder. The trial continues.