Hereford & Worcester

Jessica Wiggins 'allowed partner to kill baby', court told

A mother allowed her partner to kill their two-month-old daughter, a trial has heard.

Isabella Vallance died on 12 December 2012 after she was attacked by Tyler Vallance, 21, who admitted manslaughter and will be sentenced at a later date.

Worcester Crown Court heard Isabella's mother Jessica Wiggins, 19, allowed Vallance to carry out two attacks that left Isabella with nine broken ribs.

She denies child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of a child.

Opening the case against Ms Wiggins, prosecutor Christopher Hotten QC alleged that Isabella was first attacked a month before her death.

He told the court she was taken to hospital on 7 December 2012 from her parents' home in Stanley Close, Redditch after a 999 call made by Ms Wiggins, formerly of Engadine Road, Bromsgrove.

During the call, which was played to jurors, the mother was given instructions on how to revive Isabella who appeared to have stopped breathing.

The court heard Isabella died after being transferred from Redditch's Alexandra Hospital to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

'Volatile and short-tempered'

A post-mortem examination revealed she had multiple retinal haemorrhages likely to have been caused by a brain injury.

Mr Hotten said medical experts believed Isabella had suffered injuries caused on at least two separate occasions.

The court heard the first attack, occurring approximately three to four weeks before Isabella's death had caused sub-dural bleeding and eight rib fractures.

The second attack, some left the two-month-old with a ninth broken rub and fractures to her left thigh and right leg and happened about four to six days before her death.

"The presence of those injuries suggests or implies the use of significant force," Mr Hotten said, who added that the mechanism of injury was likely to have been shaking or impact, or a combination of both.

He told jurors Ms Wiggins was facing trial because she knew her partner posed a danger to her child.

The lawyer said: "She knew her partner, with whom she lived, was a violent, volatile and short-tempered man who posed a serious risk of significant harm to Isabella but she did nothing to protect her daughter with fatal consequences."

The trial continues.

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