Murdered Millie was victim of sex attack, court told
Published 04/12/2010 | 00:00
A toddler allegedly murdered by her mother's partner had also been sexually assaulted, the High Court has heard.
Prosecutors claimed some of the injuries discovered on the body of Millie Martin were consistent with an attempted sexual assault.
It was also disclosed that the 15-month-old baby girl had suffered 11 rib fractures, apparently sustained just weeks before her death in Co Fermanagh in December 2009.
A Crown lawyer alleged these could have been inflicted by the child being forcibly grabbed or squeezed.
Fading bruising was also found on her chest and abdomen, with some suspected of having been caused by someone pushing or prodding.
Details emerged as bail was refused to the man accused of carrying out the fatal assault at the infant's home in Glebe Park, Enniskillen.
Barry McCarney — who was the partner of Millie's mother Rachel Martin and had been living with them — denies a charge of murder. The 31-year-old's lawyer said he has consistently protested his innocence and fully co-operated with police.
Rachel Martin (25) has been charged with wilfully neglecting her daughter in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.
Fiona O'Kane, prosecuting, alleged this was because some of the wounds to Millie occurred weeks before she died and should therefore have been apparent to her mother.
The child was brought into the Erne Hospital by McCarney — who is not her father — in a lifeless condition.
She was then transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, but later died. McCarney had moved in with Rachel Martin soon after beginning a relationship with her, the court heard.
It was alleged that prior to Millie being admitted to hospital she was left alone with McCarney for a short time while her mother was at the shops.
The accused told police he had gone to check on the little girl and found her lips were blue and she was apparently not breathing.
Mrs O'Kane said the cause of death was a severe impact injury to the back of the head, allegedly sustained a short time before medical help was sought.
After detailing injuries, the barrister alleged: “The child had also been recently sexually assaulted.”
Opposing McCarney's application for bail, Mrs O'Kane claimed there was a risk of interference with witnesses.
“There are effectively over 300 witnesses,” she said.