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Elsie Scully-Hicks died two weeks after being formally adopted
A man accused of murdering his adopted 18-month-old daughter has denied using offensive language towards her.Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, Cornwall, denies inflicting catastrophic injuries on Elsie Scully-Hicks at their Cardiff home.She died on 29 May 2016. Neighbour James Bevan previously told Cardiff Crown Court he heard the defendant shout offensive words at the infant.Matthew Scully-Hicks said: "No, I would never say that."The court has previously heard her injuries were "very typical" of babies who have been shaken.
Matthew Scully-Hicks denies murder
Elsie was rushed to hospital in an unresponsive state on 25 May after a 999 call was made by the defendant saying he had found her that way on the living room floor.A CT scan showed she had bleeding on the brain, and post-mortem examinations revealed she had also suffered broken ribs, a fractured left femur and a fractured skull.There was also haemorrhaging within both of Elsie's retinas - associated with inflicted trauma or injury.Mr O'Sullivan QC asked Mr Scully-Hicks about an occasion in November 2015 when Elsie fell while playing at a table the kitchen.She sustained two breaks in the incident - one to her lower femur just above the knee and another her lower shin.He asked him: "Did you deliberately cause any injuries to her right legThe defendant answered: "No."Mr Scully-Hicks also told the court: "I always saw a family with two children." He said he and his husband Craig talked about having a family "pretty early on", adding: "We were both of the mind we wanted children. It's something we could agree on very early on."He added: "We had requested [a baby] as young as possible. We wanted to see and witness as much as we could."We wanted to be there when they took their first step and wanted to be there when they said their first word - we wanted to see all of that."The trial continues.
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