Northamptonshire ex-soldier admits baby death charge

Liam Culverhouse was shot while serving in Afghanistan

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An ex-soldier shot by a rogue policeman in Afghanistan, has admitted causing or allowing the death of his daughter.

Liam Culverhouse, of Northamptonshire, played dead to survive the attack in Helmand province in 2009, which left five colleagues dead.

His 19-month-old daughter Khloe Abrams died in a hospice in November 2012, after suffering trauma in an assault.

Culverhouse, 25, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court and was warned he faced a "significant" jail term.

A not guilty plea from Khloe's mother Clare Abrams, was accepted by the court.

Culverhouse, of Kingsthorpe, is sentenced next month.

'Lucky indeed'

Khloe died in Loughborough, Leicestershire, 18 months after an assault in May 2011, when she was seven weeks old, the court heard.

No details of the attack on Khloe were heard in court.

Culverhouse, then a lance corporal, was blinded in one eye when he was shot in the face, arms and legs an AK-47 machine gun at checkpoint Blue 25, on 3 November 2009.

Five other British soldiers were shot dead, six injured and two Afghan policeman wounded.

He was featured in a Channel 4 documentary talking about the shootings.

"When I was playing dead, I was thinking he's going to shoot me again, he's going to shoot me again," he told the programme.

"But he didn't. So, I'm lucky, very lucky indeed."

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