Judge acquits man over toddler murder charge
A COFFS Harbour man has been acquitted over the murder of a toddler in 2011.
The 48-year-old, who cannot be named, was accused of inflicting a head injury which caused a two-year-old girl to suffer a brain haemorrhage.
He argued the child had fallen from a pram and hit her head.
Police alleged the trauma the child had suffered in the lead up to her death -bruising to the buttocks resembling a handprint and other bruising right down to the muscle -was further evidence the fatal injury was not accidental and reflected a pattern of violence against the child.
Documents tendered in court by the defence allegedly suggested another person close to the child was prone to violence.
Justice Fullerton presided over the trial which was held in the absence of a jury at the Coffs Harbour Supreme Court.
He delivered the not-guilty verdict late Friday.