A man playing video games was so enraged by the crying of a 15-month-old girl who was seeking his attention that he hit her hard, rupturing her internal organs and leading to her death.
Gary Alcock was angry with his girlfriend’s daughter, 15-month-old Violet Mullen, when she began to cry. He hit her so hard that Violet died from internal bleeding at the Royal Oldham Hospital early this year, Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
Alcock, 28, had attacked the girl repeatedly during the three weeks leading up to her horrific death.
Manchester Crown Court was told that Violet’s mother, Claire Flanagan, didn’t report the abuse as she put her own "desperate" need for a man ahead of protecting her baby.
Alcock punched, slapped and "sadistically" pinched Violet, leaving her with 35 injuries, including multiple bruises, rib fractures and brain damage – in the weeks leading upto the fatal assault.
The court was told that her injuries were similar to those suffered in a car crash.
Judge Clement Goldstone said: "You, Gary Alcock, subjected her to repeated violence. You caused injuries to her brain, face, arms and legs with a combination of punches, slaps and – bordering on the sadistic – pinches.
"This was the way you chose to cope with a demanding little girl who demanded your attention and interrupted your time-consuming hobby of playing computer games."
Violet was put to bed on the day that she was killed by Alcock "no doubt in the hope that you would have some time free to indulge your desire to play on your X-Box".
"Violet was sick, she required changing, she required your time and patience…You lost control and your temper in the most unimaginable way. You struck her first in the mouth and then inexplicably and with savage force in the stomach," the judge was quoted as saying.
The judge ruled that Alcock must serve a minimum of 21 years before he can be considered for parole.
Flanagan was last month cleared of murder but convicted of "causing or allowing" Violet’s death by ignoring the abuse. She was jailed for five years.(IANS)