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X-Box thug jailed for murder of crying tot

By Kim Pilling

A man has been jailed for life for the “horrific” murder of a 15-month-old girl he savagely attacked after her crying interrupted him playing on his X-Box.

Violet Mullen was punched, slapped and pinched by Gary Alcock in the three weeks leading up to her death, before he delivered a fatal blow to the stomach which tore her internal organs.

Alcock (28) must serve a minimum of 21 years before he can be considered for parole.

A jury at Manchester Court had cleared his ex-partner Claire Flanagan (22) — the child's mother — of murder.

Last month she was instead found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Violet by ignoring the obvious signs of abuse.

The court heard Flanagan put her desperate need for a man in her life ahead of her daughter.

She was jailed for five years.

An ambulance was called to Flanagan's home on January 12 after Alcock told emergency services the child seemed “spaced out” and her lips were blue and cold.

Paramedics entered the house in Huddersfield Road, Oldham, and found Violet was not breathing and covered in bruises.

They tried to revive her in the ambulance en route to Royal Oldham Hospital but she died 45 minutes after arrival.

The youngster died from internal bleeding after suffering 35 separate injuries including multiple bruises, rib fractures and brain damage, which were comparable to injuries suffered in a car crash

Judge Clement Goldstone QC said Flanagan knew for weeks that her boyfriend was hurting her daughter, but did nothing to protect her.

“As a mother you failed her miserably. That is something you will have to live with for the rest of your life.”

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