Holly Roe death: Parents Michael Roe and Tiffany Tate on trial accused of murdering eight-week-old daughter

The parents of an eight-week-old girl have gone on trial over her death - one accused of murdering the baby and the other of allowing it to happen.

Michael Roe, 32, and Tiffany Tate, 21, are charged with the murder of daughter Holly Roe in September 2018.

The trial has now got under way at Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex as the jury was sworn in.

Both defendants, from Crowborough, appeared before judge Mrs Justice Clare Moulder.

The jury was told the prosecution case was that one parent killed the child and the other allowed her to die.

The judge said in court: "This is a very sad case of the death of a baby only a few weeks old. The defendants in this case are the baby's parents, Michael Roe and Tiffany Tate.

"It is the prosecution case that one of her parents murdered her and the other allowed it to happen."

She described the case as "tragic and shocking", but told jurors they must not allow emotion to sway their judgement during the trial, which is expected to last up to six weeks.

The prosecution, led by Sally Howes QC, is expected to open the case on Tuesday.

Roe appeared in the dock wearing a dark suit on day one of the trial, while Tate wore a grey blazer and black shirt.

Both deny charges of murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.