She died at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, after the decision was taken to switch off her ventilator when doctors decided she would not survive her traumatic head injuries.After Elsie's tragic death police examined electronic devices owned by Matthew Scully-Hicks - including his i Pad.Stay-at-home father Matthew Scully-Hicks is accused of killing his 18-month-old adopted child Elsie after 'assaulting and abusing' the tragic youngster over a perviod of several months.'He said he had then seen Elsie at the top of the stairs, that the baby gate had then opened and that Elsie had tumbled down the stairs,' Mr Lewis said.
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Mr Lewis said: 'Craig was again at work in Leicester, and the defendant was alone with Elsie and her sibling.'In the call Scully-Hicks told an emergency operator "I was just changing my daughter for bed and she went all floppy and limp, and now she's not doing anything.
She is lying on the floor".'You will observe at no stage during the call did he suggest Elsie had suffered an accident, nor any trauma that might have caused her injury.'Mr Lewis said police and paramedics arrived at the family home around 6.26pm and found an 'upset' Scully-Hicks, as well as Elsie having a cardiac arrest on the floor of a downstairs room.
Mr Lewis said: "The weight of medical evidence is likely to prove that in addition to the recent bone injuries Elsie had suffered, her catastrophic brain injuries and retinal haemorrhages must have been as a result of trauma she suffered immediately before her collapse and the 999 call."Elsie was then of course just 18-months -old.
She could not have inflicted such dreadful injuries on herself."The court heard one expert could not rule out all of Elsie's brain and spine abnormalities were caused "as a consequence of a single event".
The couple first adopted Elsie in September 2015 and the process was finalised nearly eight months later.