Accused toddler killer on trial

THE trial against a man accused of killing a toddler at Coffs Harbour two years ago has begun in the NSW Supreme Court.

The man is charged with the murder of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, who died from a critical head injury on April 1, 2011.

An autopsy allegedly revealed swelling to the brain but could not determine whether the fatal injury was a result of "the infliction of a single blow or multiple blows".

The pathologist also noted bruising to the child's forehead, ear and buttocks.

In a pre-trial hearing, the accused claimed the child's death was an accident.

He said he found the child on the floor of his home and that she must have fallen from or tripped over her pram while he was in the toilet.

The Crown will allege that in the four weeks leading up to her death, the child was in the man's care and if the injuries might "reasonably have been sustained over a number of days….it is unlikely that she died by accident".

The trial, which will be heard in Coffs Harbour, is expected to run for two weeks.


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