Leeds & West Yorkshire

Kristal Davison death: Jury fails to reach father verdict

Jurors in the trial of a man accused of causing or allowing the death of his seven-week-old daughter have failed to reach a verdict.

Kristal Davison died from a head injury last April after at least two "episodes of violence or trauma", Leeds Crown Court heard.

Lee Davison, 28, of Ashleigh Avenue in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, denies harming his daughter.

The jury was discharged on the fourth day of their deliberations.

Mr Davison will appear again at the court on Friday along with Kristal's mother Jessica Hopkinson, 19, who was found guilty of causing or allowing her daughter's death on Monday.

Hopkinson will appear for sentencing.

The couple's four-week trial heard how the baby's injuries were caused over a number of weeks.

The jury returned their verdict for Hopkinson on the second day of deliberations.

Prosecutor Julian Goose QC said: "Both defendants admit that Kristal was in their care at all material times. How she came to suffer so many injuries with such a catastrophic effect is only known by the two defendants."

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