Warehouse worker, 46, warned 'don't leave me with a screaming baby' before throwing 4-week-old daughter across the room

A WAREHOUSE worker told his partner "don't leave me alone with a screaming baby" before he threw his daughter across the room.

Dean Smith, 46, threw Maisie Newell around five feet into her cot – leaving her with brain damage, which she died from nearly 14 years later.


Maisie who was just four weeks old at the time of the attack in 2000, was cared for by her adoptive parents but tragically died from her injuries in June 2014 – just before her 14th birthday.

Maisie's mother met Smith in 1997 when he was 22 and they later moved into a two-bedroom flat in Edgware, northwest London.

Sally O'Neill, QC, prosecuting, said Smith had warned his partner he was difficult to live with.

"He used to refer to Maisie as 'The B****' but claimed it was in jest," Ms O'Neill said.

"Maisie Williams was four weeks old, her injuries were caused when he threw her across the bedroom into her wooden cot, where she hit her head.

"She died as a result of those injuries nearly 14 years later.

"The defendant has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, he accepts he caused the injuries which caused his daughter's death.

"His words to her as she left were "Don't leave me with a f****** screaming baby for hours'."

Smith had a 'fit of temper' when he couldn't stop Maisie crying, before throwing her, the court heard.

He drank a beer and smoked a cigarette as she lay gravely injured until Maisie's mother returned around an hour-and-half later at 4:30pm, the court heard.

Ms O'Neill continued: "She had been gravely injured by what her father had done to her, but she survived, albeit with very serious and life-changing injuries.

"There is no dispute her death was caused as a result of her injuries."

FIT OF TEMPER

Smith told police he had thrown her from the bedroom door into the cot and she headbutted the cot.

When police said that is quite a throw, he said: "Yes, what am I going to do.

"I lost my temper and I screwed up in a big way."

"He said he was disgusted with himself during his interview.

Smith told Maisie's mother the baby was just sleeping, and went to play PlayStation next to her cot as she lay gravely injured.

But when her mother picked Maisie up the baby would not wake up and she asked Smith what had happened.

Smith began to cry and told her he put her in the cot roughly and she hit her head.

She phoned 999 at 6:51pm, and help arrived soon after.

"For most of the rest of her much-shortened life, she was cared for with the deepest devotion by Ian and Tracey Newell who adopted her," Miss O'Neill said.

Don't leave me with a f****** screaming baby for hours'.

The couple initially told police an elaborate story about her injuries before Maisie's mother confessed Smith had caused the injures during her police interview, the court heard.

Paramedics took the injured baby to Barnet Hospital where she suffered four grand mal seizures, the court heard.

Medical staff found evidence of serious brain damage and swelling of the brain, the court heard.

Smith admitted GBH without intent in 2001 and was jailed for three years before a murder investigation was launched after her death on 28 June 2014.

Smith, now of Hertfordshire, denies murder. He has admitted the alternative lesser charge of manslaughter.

The trial continues.

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