Lancashire

Blackburn couple deny neglecting baby who later died

The parents of a seven-month-old baby from Blackburn who died after suffering many "non-accidental" injuries have denied neglecting her.

Aliyaah Karolia died from bronchopneumonia brought on by damage caused to her bones and central nervous system, an inquest heard in March.

Mohammed Karolia, 28, and Nafisa Karolia, 21, each denied two charges of child neglect at Preston Crown Court.

The couple were bailed to appear at the court on 31 January for trial.

Stomach ulcer

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 26 November 2008 and 15 June 2009.

Blackburn coroner Michael Singleton recorded a narrative verdict following Aliyaah's inquest in which he said a post-mortem examination showed Aliyaah suffered 18 "non-accidental injuries".

They included damage to her mouth, forehead and spinal cord, plus fractures to her legs, ribs and arm.

She had also developed a stomach ulcer due to the stress on her body.

They had taken their daughter to the Royal Blackburn Hospital on 15 June 2009 with breathing difficulties. She died later that day.

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