Kiss of life from the monster who killed her: Moment paedophile rushed into hospital carrying dying 15-month-old girl he abused
Barry McCarney was jailed for life at Dungannon Crown Court for the murder of Millie MartinThe toddler suffered a catalogue of injuries including 21 broken ribs and the head injury that killed herHer mother, McCarney's then girlfriend Rachael Martin, was cleared of allowing her daughter's death through willful neglect
09:44 GMT, 5 December 2012
Cradled in his arms, Barry McCarney is caught on CCTV desperately trying to bring his girlfriend's dying daughter back to life.
But the haunting footage, captured in Erne Hospital, in Northern Ireland, disguises the horrific reality of what has just happened.
McCarney is no desperate father giving the kiss of life to his 15-month-old step-child. Instead, he is the perverted monster who abused Millie Martin so badly that she died of her injuries.
Yesterday, a judge sitting at Dungannon Crown Court branded the 33-year-old's crimes despicable. He described the December 2009 murder as 'almost beyond understanding.'
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Guilty: McCarney, pictured with his 15-month-old victim in his arms, was found guilty of her murder by a unanimous verdict
Jailed: Barry McCarney pictured at A&E department of the Erne Hospital with Mille Martin in his arms on the evening she was admitted, she died from head injuries the following day
Horrific: Millie died in hospital a day after she was admitted with devastating injuries
Behind bars: McCarney will find out what minimum tariff he must serve in the new year
McCarney, from County Tyrone, met Millie's mother Rachael Martin just three months before the little girl's death.
He quickly eased his way into the family home in Enniskillen which allowed him access to Millie.
During a ten-week trial, the court heard how he had physically and sexually abused the toddler until she was left with a number of fatal injuries, including the head wound that killed her.
A pathologist found that Millie had suffered 21 cracked ribs, seven of which were old, while the rest had happened in the ten days before her death.
Multiple bruises were also found on the youngster's body along with a clearly visible oval shaped bump on her forehead.
During the post-mortem examination, the pathologist found injuries to her abdomen caused by punching or prodding which would also have been fatal.
Millie had also been sexually assaulted.The prosecution described the attacks on her as vile and sadistic.
Tragic: Barry McCarney, left, was jailed for killing Millie Martin, right, pictured just days before her death
McCarney blamed Millie's mother Rachael, claiming at trial that she had inflicted the injuries on her own daughter and that he was sickened by her death.
Speaking only through his barrister, he alleged that Ms Martin did not want social services involved because she had done these 'terrible things' herself.
But in a case
with no forensic evidence to suggest who inflicted Millie's injuries,
the jury rejected McCarney's claims and accepted that Ms Martin had
unwittingly let a monster into her home, taking just three hours to
reach a unanimous verdict.
He was found guilty of murder, sexual assault and causing grievous bodily harm.
Ms Martin sobbed as she was cleared of allowing her daughter's death through willful neglect. She was heard to say that justice had been done for her daughter.
McCarney's relatives shouted 'innocent' as they left the courtroom. Meanwhile Ms Martin's family issued a statement saying the family would now be able to grieve properly as a result of the verdict.
They described the last three years as a 'waking nightmare' and described McCarney as a 'disgusting individual'.
They also questioned why Ms Martin was ever prosecuted in the first place.
Her brother, Matthew, speaking on behalf of the family said the police decision to prosecute her was 'shocking' at a time when she should have been left to grieve for Baby Millie.
McCarney will be sentenced in the New Year.
Neil Anderson, head of the NSPCC, said Millie will be remembered as the victim of 'one of the most horrific cases of child abuse Northern Ireland has ever seen'.
He added: 'One clear message from this deeply disturbing case is the need for vigilance among healthcare professionals, family, friends, neighbours and the community as a whole.
'It is vitally important that everyone who has a role in working with and caring for children is aware of the signs of abuse. It is also essential that having recognised the signs of abuse that appropriate and timely action is taken.'
VIDEO: See the chilling CCTV footage here…
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