Lancashire

Lia Green death: Dad admits killing three-year-old daughter

Lia Green
Image caption Lia Green was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Preston Hospital

The father of a three-year-old girl who died of massive internal injuries has admitted killing her.

Lia Green died on 30 August from injuries caused by a severe blow to the abdomen.

Richard Green, 23, of Norris Street, Preston, pleaded guilty to manslaughter two weeks into his trial at Preston Crown Court.

Lia's mother Natalie Critchley, 22, remains on trial for causing or allowing her death, which she denies.

Mr Justice MacDuff told the jury Green admitted the unlawful killing of Lia but without the intent to kill.

Green had been on trial charged with murder and causing or allowing Lia's death. He denied both charges.

The judge said the manslaughter plea was "acceptable to the Crown and also to me" and discharged the jury from reaching any verdicts on Green.

'Extensive bruising'

Emergency services were called to Lia's home after her parents said she was suffering from sickness and diarrhoea and was weak and falling asleep.

She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Preston Hospital.

The day after Lia's death Green was arrested. He told officers his daughter had fallen while on swings at a playground.

Peter Wright, prosecuting, told the jury her death was "not some freak injury or terrible accident".

He told the court it was a "blunt force trauma to her abdomen that had been delivered with such force that it had caused massive and ultimately fatal internal injuries".

The jury was shown images of Lia which showed extensive bruises to her head, neck, chest, abdomen, limbs, buttocks and back.

Many of the bruises were less than 48 hours old but some were older and evidence of repeated physical abuse, the court heard.

The trial of Natalie Critchley, also of Norris Street, continues.

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