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A senior detective has said a 14-week-old baby was "failed on an unimaginable scale" by her parents, who now face sentence for their treatment of her.

Christopher Easey, 31, was yesterday convicted of the manslaughter and neglect of his daughter, Eleanor. He was cleared of her murder.

The baby's mother, 36-year-old Carly Easey, was also found guilty of neglect, following a 10-week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Eleanor Easey (55805622)
Eleanor Easey (55805622)

The pair, formerly of Terrington St Clement, are due to be sentenced on April 29.

Christopher Easey, now of Ely Road, Little Thetford, has been remanded in custody, while Carly Easey, now of Elizabeth Drive, Chedburgh, is on bail.

Police have now revealed more details of the horrifying scale of the injuries Eleanor suffered, including three separate bleeds on the brain and more than 30 separate fractures.

The baby was taken to hospital on December 18, 2019, after being found unresponsive at home and died two days later.

Christopher and Carly Easey have been convicting of neglecting their baby daughter Eleanor. Christopher has also been convicted of her manslaughter. Picture: Facebook (55805628)
Christopher and Carly Easey have been convicting of neglecting their baby daughter Eleanor. Christopher has also been convicted of her manslaughter. Picture: Facebook (55805628)

Examinations revealed she had suffered a serious head injury and bleeds on the brain consistent with a non-accidental trauma, such as shaking or another impact. She was also found to be malnourished.

Christopher Easey claimed Eleanor sustained her fatal injuries when he was forced to brake suddenly with her in the car on 18 December. He also claimed she would sometimes bang her head on her cot.

However, a police examination of the couple’s car didn’t find any evidence that it had been involved in a collision or a situation when the driver had forcibly applied the brakes.

Following yesterday's verdicts, lead investigating officer Det Insp Lewis Craske 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.

“She was neglected for much, if not all, of her short life. She deserved so much better.

“This has been a desperately sad, incredibly complex and highly emotive investigation for me and all those who have worked so very hard on bringing this case to court.

“I am extremely proud of and grateful for their dedication and commitment.”



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