Gosport toddler died after suffering massive head injuries in fall, inquest hears

The inquest is being heard at Portsmouth Guildhall
The inquest is being heard at Portsmouth Guildhall
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A disabled toddler died after she sustained massive head injuries in a fall at her home, an inquest has heard.

Amelia Dew, two, was being looked after by her stepfather Robin Dowse at the home he shared with her mother, Natalie Evans, in Beryton Road, Gosport, when the fall happened on June 14, 2013.

Det Sgt Stewart Hall told Assistant Coroner Robert Stone that Mr Dowse was originally arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) after doctors expressed concern that Amelia could have been a victim of shaken baby syndrome.

Upon her death Mr Dowse was arrested on suspicion of murder. However, no charges were brought against Mr Dowse.

DS Hall said Amelia, who was born at 32 weeks with a severe form of muscular dystrophy, as well as other complex medical problems, had spent an hour in her feeding chair being fed through a tube.

During that hour her mother popped out and, once Amelia had finished feeding, Mr Dowse had taken her from her chair and placed her with her back against the sofa so she could watch the screen while he played his X Box.

He then began to pack away her feeding machine and suddenly heard a noise. Mr Dowse told police Amelia had managed to pull herself up on the sofa but had fallen backwards on to her bottom, then fallen backwards again and hit the back of her head on the metal bar of her feeding chair.

The 29-year-old told police he performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR because she was not breathing or moving.

He then called her mother, who called 999. Amelia suffered massive head injuries, cardiac arrest and was in a deep coma, and her life support machine was turned off after five days.

She died on June 19.

The hearing continues.