A toddler who died suddenly was s3xually abused by her father before she died, a High Court judge has found.
Poppi Worthington was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead in December 2012. Her father, Paul Worthington, 47, was arrested and questioned on suspicion of s3xual assault but never charged with any offence. He denies any wrongdoing.
But, in a fact-finding judgement today, High Court family judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson found that – on the balance of probabilities – The 13-month-old was s3xually assaulted by him shortly before her death.a senior pathologist raising concerns the girl’s injuries were caused by ‘a penetrative s3xual assault’…
On December 12 2012, Poppi awoke screaming at around 5.45am, according to her father, and an ambulance was called.
On admission to hospital and at a post-mortem examination the youngster was found to have an earlier fracture of her right lower leg and suspected acute injuries to her bottom.