Man standing trial over sex abuse claims

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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A man was allgedly spotted sexually assaulting his baby daughter in a cubicle at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, it has been claimed.

A jury has also heard suggestions that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had also carried out sexual abuse on the girl prior to her admission to hospital.

The man, who is from the Fylde area, is on trial at Preston Crown Court where he denies four serious sexual assault charges, plus another of sexual assault.

His 21-year-old partner at the time has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child neglect.

Nick Kennedy, prosecuting, the baby was admitted to Blackpool Victoria’s A & E department around four o’clock one morning earlier this year.

A consultant paediatrician examined the child found injuries which suggested that sexual abuse had taken place.

Another doctor reached the same diagnosis.

The baby was taken into local authority care but the following day the couple visited their daughter in hospital.

Hospital staff were told to supervise both parents while they were in hospital.

A health care assistant subsequently went into a room and was said to have found the father assaulting the baby.

Mr Kennedy claimed that the father’s actions had been sexually motivated and that it was notable the child’s injuries were all concentrated on her private parts.

Both defendants are said to have a degree of learning disability.

The trial continues and it due to last into next week.

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