Friday, 22 April 2016

Screams and shouts are heard in the call the girl's parents made to emergency services, in which they claim she had "fallen down".
13:27, UK,Friday 22 April 2016
Ellie Butler
A 999 call has been played at the trial of a father accused of battering his six-year-old daughter to death.
Ellie Butler's parents are heard screaming and shouting in the 15-minute phone call to emergency services. 
Ben Butler and Jennie Gray, both 36, made the call two hours after she was fatally hurt while home alone with her father and another child, the court heard.
Emergency services found Ellie dead in her bedroom in Sutton, southwest London, on 28 October, 2013. 
Ben Butler And Jennie Gray
She had suffered "catastrophic head injuries".
According to the prosecution, a post-mortem examination ruled out Butler's claims that Ellie had accidentally fallen, putting her death down to Butler either beating her over the head with a heavy object or throwing her against the floor or wall.
Butler, of Westover Close, Sutton, denies Ellie's murder. 
Gray has admitted perverting the course of justice by hiding or destroying evidence and "acting out" the 999 call.
Both have pleaded not guilty to child cruelty charges over an earlier shoulder injury. 
Gray broke down in tears as the 999 call was played to the Old Bailey jury. 
She can be heard screaming and shouting as she tells the operator: "It's my daughter, she's not breathing."
Butler then comes onto the phone and swears at the female operator as he confirms their address, telling her Ellie has "fallen down".
Gray is then told to give her daughter CPR with breaths followed by chest compressions.
Butler has been described in court as having a "short fuse" and resenting having to look after his daughter.
The trial continues