Remorseless man killed ‘cheeky’ baby girl – then made up vicious lies to cover his vile crime

A man has been found guilty of killing a ‘happy, cheeky’ baby girl.

A jury convicted Brandon Heath, 22, of the manslaughter of the 22-month-old following a three-week trial at Chester Crown Court. He was found not guilty of murder and will be sentenced on Tuesday (March 8).

The court heard how on Sunday, August 30, 2020, Heath called for an ambulance after claiming he had found the 22-month-old ‘collapsed’ on the floor having just got her out of her high chair. She was taken to hospital but died of a traumatic brain injury.

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He then lied to police – claiming he had found her on the floor after she had become ‘whingy’ – and even blamed the baby’s mother, who was not even in the house at the time. But experts found the girl had died from an injury that could not have been an accident.

The court heard how paramedics had attended the address in Northwich, Cheshire, and found the child in the first floor bedroom, struggling to breathe with an abnormal swelling to the back of her head.

Heath was the only adult present at the address and told a paramedic that she had fallen off a bed and must have hit her head. She had then become sleepy so he brought her upstairs and left her in the bedroom for a moment, returning to find her struggling to breathe, he said.

He then told another paramedic that he had found her on the floor in a lethargic state. Due to her injuries, police attended and spoke with both Heath and the child’s mother who had returned from dropping a friend at work.

Brandon Heath will be sentenced at Chester Crown Court next week

Heath then told officers he had taken the child out of her highchair in the front room as she was ‘whingy.’ He had left her to play and when he returned he saw her lying on the floor.

Initial observations from an air ambulance doctor suggested that the child had sustained a severe brain injury and as a result was taken to Alder Hey Hospital.

The little girl underwent emergency neurosurgery but despite best efforts, her condition deteriorated. Life support was withdrawn the following day and the girl passed away.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had sustained a catastrophic brain injury together with bleeding within and around her eyes, bruising to the body, along with rib fractures and damage to nerves in the neck.

Experts determined she had suffered a significant traumatic head injury which, in their opinion, could not have been caused by accident. On 21 July 2021, Heath, of no fixed abode, was arrested and later charged with murder.

Detective Inspector Adam Waller, who led the investigation, said: “This case is indescribably tragic and due to the complicated medical evidence, the family have had to wait many, many months for justice and I’d like to pay a will to their patience.

Heath had already been interviewed by police both before and immediately after the child’s death and was further interviewed in July 2021 under bail – officers put to him the various inconsistencies in what he had claimed from 30 August 2020 onwards.

“Yet he told police that he could not recall what he had allegedly said and continued to deny causing injury or harm to the girl.

“The medical evidence clearly pointed towards a sudden catastrophic assault on the little girl and although Heath was alone with her at the time, in order to conceal his involvement, he lied about the circumstances.

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“He was unable to think on his feet and come up with a plausible or consistent account which was ultimately his undoing.

“The level of injury caused to the child was described by one of the pathology experts as being akin to a road traffic collision or multi-storey fall.

“The fact that he blamed the mother of the child who was not even present at the time just demonstrates the total lack of compassion and cowardice in not taking responsibility for his actions against a defenseless little girl.

“He has shown an arrogance and a total lack of remorse throughout this case including while in court.”

In a tribute, the little girl’s mother said: “She was always so happy and full of life, the happiest cheekiest little girl you had ever seen, her smile lit up the whole room. Her personality was so big, my heart aches every day . “

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