Cambridgeshire

Peterborough worker 'bit and shook' baby daughter

A father is accused of biting his two-month-old daughter and killing her with repeated blows and violent shaking.

Aukse Medvedevaite also had "signs of numerous other inflicted injuries", when she died in Peterborough in 2013, Old Bailey jurors were told.

Lithuanian agency worker Aurimas Medvedevas, who denies murder, initially claimed she fell out of bed.

The court was told 22-year-old Dzesika Urbikaite found her daughter dead in her cot when returned home from work.

'Teeth imprint'

Internal injuries included a deep cut to her liver and five rib fractures. Bleeding on the brain and in her eyes indicated she had been shaken.

Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC said the cause of death on 5 September 2013 was a head injury but there were "signs of numerous other inflicted injuries too".

The post-mortem examination uncovered bruises and abrasions on the baby's body as well as two bite marks on her head.

One bite mark matched the defendant's teeth imprint, the court heard.

Mr Medvedevas, of Clifton Avenue, Peterborough, told police he had been in sole care of the baby but denied hurting her.

He claimed the baby must have fallen out of bed and hit her head on the side of the cot while he was in a deep sleep.

Later he accepted he had caused the injuries, the court heard.

He said he had shaken his baby and thrown her on the bed and from there she fell to the floor.

Mr Khalil QC said the motivation for the violence against the child were known only to Mr Medvedevas.

"As he committed those acts of violence against baby Aukse he must have intended to kill her or cause her really serious harm. That is murder."

The trial continues.

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