A 24-year-old man who killed his two-week-old daughter has been jailed for life.
Matthew Higham of Shaw Road South, pleaded guilty to murder at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday 12 January 2016.
He was jailed for life, with a minimum tariff of 25 years.
On Wednesday 29 July 2015 Higham collected his daughter, Florence Mae Collins, from her grandparents’ house and took her home to his house on Shaw Road South.
A few hours later, at around 8.06pm, Higham made a call to 999 requesting an ambulance for his daughter, stating that she had started to bleed and have a fit as he was feeding her a bottle.
Upon arrival, paramedics noticed that Florence had several injuries, including bruising to her head and face.
She was immediately rushed to Stepping Hill Hospital, where despite sustained life preservation treatment from doctors, Florence was sadly pronounced dead as a result of her injuries.
Higham was arrested the next day following an investigation by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
A home office post mortem revealed that Florence had died as a result of a catalogue of injuries including multiple fractures to her skull and body, injuries “for which there could be no innocent explanation”, according to the coroner.
“This has to be one of the most heart-wrenching cases I have ever encountered”, Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said.
“A young girl, barely two weeks after her birth, was snatched away from a loving mother, siblings and grandparents by the actions of a man who can only be described as barbaric.
“The facts of this case are almost incomprehensible.
“It is almost impossible to believe that anyone could subject a tiny baby to such a disgusting attack, let alone her own father.
“The Home Office Post Mortem report revealed the extent of Higham’s assault and it was truly shocking, and Higham is fully deserving of spending the rest of his life in prison”.