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I'm probably to blame for death, says child's dad

By Emily Pennink

The father of six-year-old Ellie Butler told jurors he was probably to blame for her death by failing to take her to hospital when she fell down the stairs weeks before.

Ben Butler (36) said he paid the "ultimate price", adding: "I'm guilty. It's probably my fault Ellie is not here any more."

The former car salesman is accused of losing his temper and bashing her head in while his partner was at work on October 28, 2013.

Giving evidence he denied her murder and manslaughter, but said he was at fault for failing to get medical help for an injury Ellie suffered around October 10.

He told jurors that Ellie was playing on the stairs with new puppy Minnie when she fell and bumped her head.

She lost consciousness and threw up, and Butler said he put frozen peas on her head and she seemed to get better.

He said: "It's found now that probably by not taking her to hospital at this event is probably the reason why she is not alive today.

"I paid the ultimate price. Ellie paid the price. I blame myself every day."

Prosecutor Ed Brown QC pointed out that the medical evidence showed Ellie's head injury happened on a different occasion to her broken shoulder, but Butler said that was "bulls***".

He attacked a professor who gave evidence against him for "looking like the Village People" and talking "a load of bo******".

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