Trainee plumber, 37, killed his eight-week-old daughter after ‘catalogue of violence’

A father killed his helpless child daughter after subjecting her to a ‘catalogue of escalating violence’, which left her with 37 fractures to the cranium, ribs and foot, a court docket has heard.

Trainee plumber Kevin Eves, 37, allegedly brought on a number of fractures to eight-week outdated child Harper Denton within the weeks earlier than she collapsed on the household house in Wixams, Bedfordshire on June 12 final 12 months. 

Opening his Outdated Bailey homicide trial, Sally Howes QC informed how Eves had met the kid’s mom Cherinea Denton, 34, by way of the web two years earlier than Harper was born. 

Shortly after 6am on June 12 final 12 months, the court docket heard, Ms Denton known as 999 and informed the operator: ‘My child’s not respiratory.

Trainee plumber Kevin Eves, 37, allegedly brought on a number of fractures to eight-week outdated child Harper Denton within the weeks earlier than she died 

‘Her dad’s simply introduced her down and stated she’s not respiratory.’

Harper was rushed to hospital the place she was pronounced lifeless at 6.37am.

Put up-mortem examination of Harper recognized 34 rib fractures, 11 basic metaphyseal fractures or lesions, two fractured metatarsal bones, one in every foot, and a cranium fracture.

There was additionally bruising, largely beneath the scalp and the pores and skin of the face, and injury round Harper’s mouth, the court docket heard.

Bleeding within the retinas of each eyes have been discovered to be inflicted at the very least 48 hours earlier than Harper’s dying.

Harper’s accidents ranged from three weeks to shut to the time of dying, jurors heard.

Each dad and mom have been initially arrested earlier than mom Ms Denton was discovered not responsible earlier this week.

Ms Howes stated: ‘The child, a lady named Harper was precisely eight weeks outdated.

‘She was rushed to hospital and he or she was licensed lifeless at 6:37am.’

‘These accidents, and the time interval throughout which they have been inflicted, inform the story of a very dependent, weak, helpless child lady who was subjected to a list of escalating violence which solely got here to an finish together with her premature dying.

‘It’s the Crown’s case that the particular person answerable for the accidents inflicted upon, and in the end, the dying of Harper is Kevin Eves, her personal father.’

Eves, from close to Bedford, has denied homicide and grievous bodily with intent.

The court docket heard how Eves, previously often called Forbes, moved in with Ms Denton in 2016.

Ms Denton allegedly stated: ‘It kind of occurred within the blink of a watch throughout February 2016, we by no means talked about it, it simply kind of occurred’.

By the point of Harper’s start, the connection had damaged down they usually lived separate lives, jurors heard.

Ms Howes stated Ms Denton was conscious that Eves had a earlier conviction from 2006 when he was sentenced to 9 years in jail.

On the night earlier than Harper died, Ms Denton fell asleep on the couch and Eves put the infant in a Moses basket in the principle bed room, jurors heard.

In line with the defendant, Eves fed Harper at 1am then woke at 6am to search out her wanting ‘purple’ and chilly to the contact, jurors heard.

On studying that Harper had been pronounced lifeless in hospital, he allegedly sobbed: ‘She’s going guilty me, she’s going guilty me.’

In a police interview, Eves stated he and Ms Denton shared the care of Harper ’50-50′ and no-one else had unsupervised contact with their youngster, nicknamed Pug.

He informed officers he believed the accidents to Harper’s chest have been from resuscitation makes an attempt and he didn’t know the way different accidents have been brought on. 

Eves denies homicide and two counts of grievous bodily hurt with intent between 17 April 2018 and 12 June 2018.

The trial continues.