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Poppi Worthington was blue and was not breathing when she was brought to hospital
Poppi Worthington's father broke down in tears when asked if he had sexually abused her, but refused to answer.Paul Worthington refused to clarify discrepancies in the statement he gave to police when questioned for a second day at the new inquest into the death of his 13-month-old daughter.The 49-year-old began to sob and was given five minutes to compose himself.Poppi died suddenly at a house in Barrow, Cumbria, in December 2012. No-one has ever been prosecuted.Mr Worthington, who has always denied any wrongdoing, was escorted into the hearing in Kendal by police officers for his own protection.
Paul Worthington said answering some questions could incriminate him
The barrister for the coroner, Alison Hewitt, had asked him about discrepancies in timings and other details in his police statement.He has maintained his right not to reply to questions, under rule 22 of the Coroner's Inquest Rules 2013 - which protects witnesses from incriminating themselves.
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He continued to refuse to answer when Ms Hewitt asked him if he had abused his daughter, or if at any point he had placed her face down on a pillow or held his hand or anything over her face.Ms Hewitt asked if he could think of any reason why Poppi would have bled from her bottom or have a fractured leg, and he again declined to answer.
Paul Worthington covered his face as he was escorted in and out of the hearing
Ms Hewitt then asked him about a swab that was done which showed he had Poppi's DNA on his penis.In a statement to police, Paul Worthington had explained this by saying he had put his fingers in his daughter's mouth when he tried to resuscitate her, and he did not wash them before he later used the toilet.He has now used his right to refuse to answer 180 questions over two days, including ones about her meals, sleeping patterns and health.After his 100th refusal Poppi's mother - who cannot be named for legal reasons - left the hearing.
Cumbria coroner David Roberts is overseeing the inquest
Coroner David Roberts said "no inference" should be drawn from Mr Worthington's use of rule 22 , and he would not be criticised "for exercising his right".He then said to him: "Today is an opportunity for you to tell me anything you think might help me understand how Poppi came by her death."I would not want you to leave this court feeling you had not had the opportunity to tell me what happened."Is there anything you would like to tell meMr Worthington, who was starting to shake, replied: "No sir."
No-one has ever been charged over the death of Poppi Worthington
The courtroom was then cleared as Mr Worthington left by a side door into a waiting police vehicle.He has never been charged with any offence and denies any responsibility over her death.The new inquest, in County Hall, Kendal, was ordered after a seven-minute hearing in 2014 determined Poppi's death was "unascertained". In 2016, High Court family judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled that Poppi was probably sexually assaulted by her father shortly before she died.
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