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Couple go on trial after child (9) left with serious life-changing injuries

A couple is going on trial after their nine-year-old child was left with life-changing injuries following an incident back in 2019.

The 39-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman have both pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to their daughter at their family home in Dublin on the 2nd of July 2019.

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The couple also pleaded not guilty to child cruelty by failing to provide adequate medical aid following the incident.

They also pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious disfigurement to the child and two further counts of child cruelty on occasions between the 28th of June and 2nd of July.

The jury was told that the child suffered a brain injury that prevents her from functioning as a normal child again.

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It’s understood that the father called 999 to report that his daughter was unconscious after a fall in the shower.

Anne Rowland SC said that the jury would hear evidence that when emergency services arrived, they were struck by the fact that the child’s body was in such a way that it suggested a serious brain injury.

She said that a medical examination revealed that the child’s body was covered in bruises, cuts and burn marks.

She added that the palms of the child’s hands and soles of her feet were burnt, with her vaginal area being blackened.

The child was taken off life support but now has limited consciousness and will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life.

Stating that his daughter self-harmed, the father said that he didn’t notice any of the extensive injuries on the child’s body.

Rowland said that the evidence would be that the wife told gardaĆ­ that their daughter used to bite herself, bang herself and pull her hair out.

Rowland said that the medical evidence would be that the injuries were not consistent with anything the parents were saying.

The trial will continue before Judge Martin Nolan and is expected to last three weeks but could run up to four weeks.

IMAGE – “Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique

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