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Police hunt baby death father Paul Nicholson, 20

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Image caption The last confirmed sighting of Paul Nicholson was on 8 December

Police are hunting a father who has disappeared after he was convicted of causing the death of his baby daughter.

Paul Nicholson, 20, failed to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday where he was found guilty in his absence of causing or allowing the death of 16-week-old Tequiilah Burke.

Northumbria Police said the last confirmed sighting was on 8 December.

Tequiilah's mother, Victoria Burke, 24, is currently in custody after she was also convicted.

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Image caption An arrest warrant has been issued for Nicholson

The pair from Gateshead are due to be sentenced on Thursday.

Chief Inspector Steve Ammari said: "The last confirmed sighting we have of Paul Nicolson is from 8 December and we want to hear from anyone who has seen or heard from him since that date to contact us as soon as possible."

Tequiilah died in December 2013 after suffering brain injuries.

Both Burke and Nicholson, of Crigdon Hill, East Denton, denied causing fatal injuries but were found guilty of causing or allowing her death at trial.

The court heard the baby girl died after being fatally injured by one or both her parents during a jealous row.

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