Baby died after being shaken by dad
A FIVE-year-old girl died of her injuries more than four years after being violently shaken by her father, an inquest heard.
Coroner Anne Hind recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on Sophie Smith, of Breck Road in Blackpool, who died in July 2004.
Sophie was born prematurely but lived a relatively normal life until she was shaken by her 18-year-old father at four months old.
She developed cerebral palsy as a result of the attack and an inquest heard she was not expected to live long when she was fostered by the Smith family in 2002.
The youngster who was described as “feisty and a real fighter” by Philip and Samantha Smith who later adopted her, defied all odds and went on to live until the age of five.
Her birth father Omar Hayes admitted causing grievous bodily harm in January 2000 and was sentenced to 18 months in youth custody.
Mrs Hind explained that the inquest was taking place four years after her death to formally “tie up the case after a very, very lengthy police investigation.”
The cause of death was recorded as broncho pneumonia brought on by chronic aspiration of her gastric contents which is consistent with head injury.
Mrs Hind said: “The two coroners who examined Sophie’s body were unequivocal in their conviction that the injury that caused her death was the shaking she had suffered five years earlier.”