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Poppi: ‘No clear evidence of abuse’

Mystery death: Poppi Worthington PICTURE: PA

AN EXPERT witness has cast doubt on suggestions Poppi Worthington was sexually assaulted before her death.

Pathologist Dr Nat Carey told an inquest yesterday there was no ‘clear-cut evidence’ the 13-month-old girl had been abused.

He said he disagreed with the findings of Dr Alison Armour, who carried out a post mortem examination on the toddler.

She has told the Kendal inquest she was ‘sure’ Poppi had been injured before her death.

Poppi died on December 12, 2012 after collapsing at her home in Barrow, Cumbria. In 2016, a High Court family judge ruled she was probably sexually assaulted by her father Paul Worthington, 49, shortly before she died. He strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Dr Carey, who was asked by Cumbria Police to review the case, said: ‘I see no clear-cut evidence of trauma. Usually the findings are not subtle, they are abundantly obvious.’

While he was not able to identify a natural cause of death, Dr Carey stressed this did not mean the cause of death was not natural or involved a third party.

Earlier, the court heard a ‘farrago of failures’ by Cumbria Police means it is unlikely anyone will ever be prosecuted over the death. The inquest continues.