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Toddler had 68 injuries, murder trial told

A TEENAGE boy went on trial yesterday accused of beating a two-year-old toddler to death in Salford last July.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murdering Demi Mahon.

The little girl was found with serious head injuries at an address on Liverpool Road in the English town. She died two days later.

Opening for the prosecution at Manchester Crown Court, Howard Bentham said the defendant inflicted 68 injuries and a bite mark on the child.

"We say every one of those injuries was caused by this young man. They were all over her body but many of them were to her head and face."

He said the pathologist had concluded that the child had probably been punched repeatedly in the face.

Her mother, Ann Marie McDonald, sobbed as she gave evidence.

She told them she had left her daughter with the boy for around 90 minutes while she popped out to pick up her child benefit and buy a birthday card.

When she returned the boy was standing outside the house with another man. McDonald said the boy told her: "I picked her up - I might have hurt her - and she fell in the park."

She rushed into the house and found her daughter in bed with bedclothes partially covering her face.

McDonald sobbed as she pointed to the defendant and said: "He did that to my daughter."

Bentham told the jury the defence will argue their client suffered a mental abnormality which impaired his responsibility.


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