Abusive couple fed newborn cheesecake and custard creams before brutal death

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A dad killed his 14-week-old daughter after feeding her cheesecake and custard creams.

Little Eleanor died from 31 fractures to her body and three separate bleeds on her brain which dad Christopher Easey, 31, tried claiming was the result of him suddenly braking with her in the car.

An investigation found there was no evidence of an emergency stop or crash and the jury at Norwich Crown Court found him guilty of manslaughter and neglect.

The court heard how Eleanor's mum Carly Easey, 36, concealed her pregnancy leaving her newborn needing intensive care for the first few weeks of her life.

People who knew the couple told the court that Eleanor was given custard cream biscuits, lemon cheesecake and even squash to drink instead of milk.

The court heard Christopher, from Thetford, Cambridgeshire, and Carly, of Chedburgh in Suffolk, would also leave their fragile baby home alone.

Eleanor was found unresponsive at home on December 18, 2019 and rushed to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and later Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where a CT scan showed catastrophic head injuries and recent bleeding between her skull and brain.

As well as bone fractures Norfolk Police said the baby showed signs of malnourishment.

She died on December 20 2019.

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Eleanor's three separate bleeds to the brain and multiple retinal haemorrhage were likely either caused by shaking or an impact to the head or both, experts have said.

In October, a couple of months before Eleanor's death health visitors spotted she had bruises and scratches on her face, which Carly said was down to an ill-fitting car seat and claimed the scratches were self-inflicted.

Following the infant's passing, her parents were arrested on suspicion of assault grievous bodily harm until a post-mortem led to their re-arrest on suspicion of murder in January 2020.

Evidence however showed the mum was not there when Eleanor suffered the fatal brain injury and so murder charges were dropped against her.

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Carly has instead been found guilty of one count of neglect.

The pair will be sentenced on April 29.

Det Insp Lewis Craske, who led the investigation, said: “My thoughts today, as they have been throughout this investigation and will always be, are with little Eleanor.

"She was only 14 weeks old when she died yet had 31 fractures to her fragile body and three separate bleeds on her brain.

“Eleanor’s parents, the very people who should have protected and loved her above everything and everyone else, failed her on an unimaginable scale from the moment she was born."

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