Stepdad ‘filmed’ dying girl after he ‘unleashed sickening attack’

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A toddler died after suffering 101 injuries likened to a high-speed crash after being fatally attacked at her home by her stepdad, a court heard. Jurors were told that Lola James was found with bruises all over her body at her home in Pembrokeshire, Wales, before being rushed to hospital where she died four days after the attack, which was alleged to have been carried out by Kyle Bevan, 31.

After the attack, Bevan failed to call an ambulance immediately and filmed 22-second clip of the tot as he attempted to prop her up.

Bevan claims the family dog pushed Lola down the stairs while mum Sinead James, 30, says she was asleep at the time, jurors heard.

But Swansea Crown Court was told the toddler suffered a sickening list of 101 “severe and extensive” injuries that “cannot be explained by a fall down the stairs”.

Paediatrician Dr Deborah Stalker said: “Physical abuse is the most likely cause.

“A stair fall does not explain the catastrophic and extensive injuries to the head with bleeding to both eyes.”

Jurors were told Lola’s brain injuries were most likely caused by shaking, with the tot also suffering “gripping” injuries to her neck.

There was bruising to her ears, which is rarely the result of an accident, with injuries to her head probably caused by “abusive head trauma”, the medic said.

The also heard Lola had injuries to her back and legs that looked like they could have been caused by “three or four blows with a weapon”.

Dr Stalker said: “An extensive subdural haemorrhage is usually the result of a high velocity road traffic collision where a child is thrown from the collision, or a fall from a great height, such as a fall from a balcony or bedroom window of more than 10 feet.

“The very severe and extensive injuries on Lola are not explained by a fall down domestic stairs.

“The most likely cause, in my opinion, is non-accidental injury, purposefully-inflicted injury, or physical abuse – the three terms are synonymous.”

Bevan is accused of launching a “frenzied and extremely violent attack” in July 2020 at the family home.

Mum James told police she was asleep when Lola was injured and claimed to have no reason to think Bevan would harm her, it was said.

She denies causing or allowing the death of a child, while Bevan denies murder.

The trial continues.

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