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Baby Ava Grace Nolan death verdict in full as parents found guilty of causing or allowing her to die

Written by on January 13, 2022

Baby Ave Grace Nolan died aged just eight days old as a result of her parents, a jury has found.

Little Ava died on August 16, 2017, after suffering a number of injuries including two separate bleeds to her brain and a fractured femur.

Ava’s parents, Sophie Nash, 31, and Daniel Nolan, 30, both denied causing or allowing the death of their daughter.

READ MORE: Mum of tragic baby Ava allegedly ‘shaken to death’ says she was ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ during pregnancy

But a jury today (January 13) found them both guilty of causing or allowing Ava’s death.

It also found both Nash and Nolan guilty of causing or allowing serious physical injury to a child, relating to the fractured femur tiny Ava suffered in the days before she died.

Nash was also guilty of cruelty to a person under 16.

The prosecution had earlier Preston Crown Court Ava “didn’t stand a chance” in the care of her “volatile and abusive” parents at their home in Dover Street, Nelson. David McLaughlin QC, prosecuting, said their family home “was not safe for any child”.

The court heard how Nolan and Nash repeatedly ignored professional support from midwives and health visitors and only allowed a midwife to visit their daughter when they were threatened with the police.

Nash and Nolan were arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of their baby. They both deny the charge.

“They blamed each other for Ava’s death yet they were still planning their wedding for November 2021. They stayed together even though each knew the other must be responsible,” Mr McLaughlin QC told the court.



Daniel Nolan and Sophie Nash
Daniel Nolan and Sophie Nash

The jury was told it did not need to identify which of the parents caused the catastrophic injuries to Ava. Mr McLaughlin QC said they had to only find one of the parents caused the injuries and the other allowed it to happen.

Follow below for live updates from court via our reporter Rachel Smith.

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