Father charged over murder of eight-week-old daughter in Sussex

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A father has been charged with the murder of his eight-week-old daughter.

Baby Holly Roe died from traumatic head injuries in hospital after paramedics were told she was having breathing difficulties in the middle of the night.

Her dad, Michael Roe, 32, has been charged with her murder and was due to appear in court this morning.

Holly’s mother Tiffany Tate, 21, has been charged with allowing the death of the tot.

Emergency services were called to the Roe’s home in Crowborough, East Sussex, on September 10 last year after they were told Holly was having difficulty breathing.

She was rushed to Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells but later died.

A post mortem examination on the eight-week-old baby found that she her death was due to traumatic head injuries.

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Michael Roe was arrested at home in Crowborough, East Sussex on Tuesday night, and was due in Brighton Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Tate has been summonsed and is due to appear at the same court on September 12.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Michael Roe, 32, unemployed, was arrested at his home in Alderbrook Close, Crowborough, on Tuesday evening (September 3) and subsequently charged with murder of a child under one year old between September 8-11, 2018; wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent; and causing or allowing the death of a child.

“Tiffany Tate, 21, baby Holly's mother, unemployed, of Alderbrook Close, Crowborough, has been summonsed to appear to face a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child between July 14 and September 11, 2018. She is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on September 12.”