A Perth man who has admitted killing his baby ignored repeated pleas from his wife to take the child to hospital after she had fallen off a change table, the Supreme Court has heard.
Paul James Cosgrove, 24, was looking after his seven-month-old daughter Lily at the family’s Ellenbrook home in September last year when he left her alone on the table to dispose of a used nappy.
The court was told when he went back into the room he found the child on her back on the floor, but despite her making funny noises he did not seek any medical attention.
Instead Cosgrove had a sleep before putting the unresponsive baby in his car, to drive to his mother-in-law’s home for a family gathering.
Cosgrove was looking after the child because his wife Emma had returned to full-time work.
She telephoned him while he was driving and after he told her about the baby’s condition, she pleaded with him to take Lily to hospital but he refused and instead returned home.
Prosecutor Amanda Burrows said when Ms Cosgrove arrived at the house, she found her husband “holding Lily in his arms and she was floppy and non-responsive”.
Ms Cosgrove immediately called an ambulance but the child had suffered “non-survivable” brain injuries and she died in hospital.
The court heard earlier in the day the child had fallen onto a laminate floor when Cosgrove had fallen asleep with her on a couch.
Ms Burrows said after that incident, despite Lily being distressed, Cosgrove had left her with a neighbour and had gone and had a massage.