Murderer faces life sentence after being convicted of killing baby girl

A man has been found guilty of murdering a baby girl.

Jamie Chadwick, 22, has been convicted of killing 12-month-old Orianna Crilly-Cifrova, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The child's mother Chelsea Crilly, 20, is also in the dock accused of causing or allowing the death of a child and jurors will continue to deliberate her case on Monday.

Chadwick faces a life sentence after being found guilty of murder on Friday afternoon.

Orianna was attacked by Chadwick in a flat in Radcliffe, Bury, Greater Manchester.

Prosecutors told Manchester Crown Court that Ms Crilly had been warned that Chadwick, her boyfriend who is not the child's father, could pose a danger to the child.

He was being investigated by police in relation to injuries suffered by another child, a probe which was ultimately dropped, the court heard.

Ms Crilly left the flat with Chadwick's sister to go to the doctors, the court was told.

Orianna suffered "catastrophic" injuries to her skull in a violent attack carried out by Chadwick on October 16 last year.

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She sustained the injuries from two "direct and forceful blows" which prosecutors said were consistent with either being picked up and swung, hit "very hard" with a blunt object or having someone stamp on her head.

She was rushed to hospital but died the following day.

Chadwick had originally claimed that Orianna "banged her head" after falling down a short flight of three stairs while he was on the toilet.

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Prosecutors claim Ms Crilly tried to protect the killer by saying she had been on the toilet when Orianna was injured.

She lied to social services, saying she had not been living with Chadwick and that he did not have access to the youngster.

During the trial Chadwick tried to blame Ms Crilly for Orianna's fatal injuries.

Ms Crilly's barrister branded Chadwick a "scheming liar" and said he had "deceived" her, after reassuring her he would not hurt a child.

Ian Henderson QC said: "It is crystal clear now, is it not, that she is painfully aware that she had been deceived by Jamie Chadwick and the consequences of her falling for his lies have been the death of her daughter."

Crilly's trial continues.

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