Parents deny murdering 10-week-old baby girl who was found with 19 rib injuries

Lauren Saint-George, 25, of Enfield, and Darren Hurrell, 24, of Alvaston in Derby, both pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of a child and wilful neglect when they appeared at the Old Bailey today

The parents of a 10-week old baby girl have denied killing her after she was discovered with multiple horrendous injuries in a flat.

Lauren Saint-George, 25, of Enfield, and Darren Hurrell, 24, of Alvaston in Derby, both pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of a child and wilful neglect when they appeared at the Old Bailey today.

Their daughter, Lily-Mai Hurrell Saint George, had been found unresponsive in a flat in Tottenham on January 31, 2018.

She was rushed to North Middlesex Hospital in a “critical and life-threatening condition” and was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she died two days later, reports MyLondon.

A post-mortem examination in St Pancras Coroners Court in February ruled that Lily-Mai had been “unlawfully killed”.

She was found with 19 rib fractures, a fracture to the leg and multiple bleeds to the brain.

The couple’s daughter had been born two months prematurely, and had spent two months in hospital care before being released to her parents on January 25.

During the inquest, the coroner established that Lily-Mai’s injuries were consistent with “shaking type injuries”, and that health professionals had reportedly voiced their concerns before the baby was discharged from hospital.

The case had initially been reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service but due to insufficient evidence, they had decided not to pursue charges against either parent.

However, the couple were arrested on April 16 of this year, and charged with Lily-Mai’s murder.

They both appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on June 30, and were released on conditional bail.

For today’s hearing, both appeared via video link from Wood Green Crown Court and Derby Crown Court, and only spoke to confirm their names, date of birth and to enter their pleas.

They were both remanded on conditional bail ahead of their next hearing.

A trial date at Wood Green Crown Court has been fixed for June 13 with a time estimate of five weeks.