Mum Tiffany Tate, 22, has been found guilty of allowing her boyfriend Michael Roe to kill their their eight-week-old baby daughter Holly Roe as he was convicted of murder.
Holly died on September 10 2018 at Pembury Hospital near Tonbridge in Kent after medical staff fought to save her. Paramedics had earlier attended the family home in Crowborough, east Sussex, following reports of the baby suffering ‘severe breathing problems.’
Michael Roe was found guilty yesterday of murder, shaking his daughter to death after watching porn and smoking a joint in his shed filled with sex toys as mum Tiffany Tate allowed it to happen by turning a blind eye.
Tate cried outside court after she was convicted of allowing her daughter’s death at Michael Roe’s hands.
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The court heard that eight-week-old Holly Roe had suffered brain injuries at least three times leading up to her death in September 2018. She had also sustained 12 fractures to her rib cage before ambulance paramedics were called to a report of her having breathing difficulties. They found her cold and unresponsive and rushed her to Pembury Hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead.
A post mortem showed that the cause of death was a traumatic and fatal head injury. The jury was told that the final head injuries would have left Holly unconscious and also in extreme pain caused by her 12 fractured ribs.
Roe shook little Holly several times in the run up to her tragic death and Tiffany claimed she thought the child was “absolutely fine” just hours before her death.
Holly was born by emergency caesarian section on July 14 2018, two months premature and had to be resuscitated.
Roe, 33, of Alderbrook Close, Crowborough, faced a murder trial at Lewes Crown Court in Hove after the initial trial in March 2020 was abandoned due to the outbreak of the Covid virus and in November, the jury was dismissed following an irregularity and a retrial was scheduled, which opened on February 3.
Tate along with Roe, faced a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child. She had faced a charge of murder, but the trial judge in a second trial instructed a not guilty verdict be returned and the indictment was amended for a third trial.
The court was told that Holly Roe had suffered brain injuries at least three times leading up to her death.
Michael Roe arrives in handcuffs at Lewes Crown court for his first trial in March 2020 © copyright GlobalNet Pictures
After their conviction Detective Superintendent Emma Heater from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “The people who should have been caring for Holly have today been found guilty of offences relating to her death. Michael Roe, her father, has been found guilty of murder and her mother, Tiffany Tate, has been found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Holly.
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“These cases are always very difficult for everyone: the extended family and people who knew Holly during her very short life, the medical teams that responded to this incident and my colleagues who conducted the investigation.
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“I would like to thank all of those witnesses who gave evidence and also the jury who have listened to harrowing detail and taken time to consider the evidence carefully before reaching their verdict.”
Both are due to be sentenced at the same court on Friday.
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