Toddler, two, ‘killed in anger by her stepfather’ suffered 101 injuries ‘similar to that of high-speed car crash, not from being pushed down stairs by dog’, hears trial
- Lola James, 2, died 4 days after stepfather Kyle Bevan, 31, allegedly assaulted her
- Doctor said “mistreatment” most likely cause, but Bevan said the dog pushed her down the stairs
A two-year-old girl allegedly killed by her irate stepfather has suffered 101 injuries, including brain damage, similar to what is sustained in high-speed car crashes, a court heard.
Toddler Lola James died four days after she was reportedly attacked at home by her stepfather Kyle Bevan, 31, who claims the family dog pushed her down the stairs.
A jury was presented with a full list of her horrific wounds, bruises and injuries in the family home, while a doctor told the court that “physical abuse is the most likely cause” because the damage was too “catastrophic” to be explained by one fall down the stairs.
Lola sustained her injuries in July 2020 at Bevan’s home in Haverfordwest, Wales. Her mother Sinead James, 30, said she was asleep at the time.
Pediatrician Dr Deborah Stalker provided harrowing evidence and said there was not a single part of Lola’s body that was not bruised.
Toddler Lola James, two, died four days after she was allegedly attacked at home by her stepfather Kyle Bevan
Lola’s stepfather Kyle Bevan, 31, claims family dog pushed her down stairs
She said: ‘In my opinion, Lola’s serious and extensive injuries cannot be explained by a fall down the stairs.
Physical abuse is the most likely cause. A fall down a flight of stairs does not explain the catastrophic and extensive head injuries with bleeding from both eyes.’
Swansea Crown Court heard that the most likely cause of Lola’s brain injury was shaking, while she also suffered “gripping” injuries to her neck.
Dr. Stalker said: ‘Extensive subdural hemorrhage usually results from a high-speed traffic accident in which a child is thrown from the vehicle, or a fall from a great height, such as from a balcony or bedroom window more than 10 feet high.
“Lola’s very serious and extensive injuries cannot be explained by a fall down a house staircase.
“The most likely cause, in my opinion, is non-accidental injury, intentional injury, or physical abuse — the three terms are synonymous.”
The court heard that bruises on Lola’s ears were rarely the result of an accident.
Dr Stalker said: ‘It’s usually the result of a direct blow, not one from a fall.
Injuries to the neck are also very unlikely to be accidental and could be caused by strangulation.
“The whole picture of Lola’s head injuries led me to the conclusion that they were caused by gross head trauma.”
Lola suffered her injuries at Bevan’s home in Haverfordwest in July 2020. Mother Sinead James (pictured outside Swansea Crown court on March 7), 30, said she was asleep at the time
The court heard that the injuries to Lola’s back and legs were serious and were caused by a forceful blow
The court heard that the injuries to Lola’s back and legs were serious and were caused by a forceful blow.
Dr. Stalker added, “It’s like three or four blows with a weapon.”
Prosecutor Caroline Rees KC said Bevan was left alone with Lola at the family home when he launched a “frenzied and extremely violent attack.”
He did not immediately call an ambulance and instead filmed a “disturbing 22-second film” of critically injured Lola as he tried to support her.
Bevan was arrested by police and alleged that the Lola family’s dog pushed the stairs of the Haverfordwest home in July 2020.
James told police she was asleep when Lola suffered a series of horrific injuries – and claimed to have no reason to think Bevan would harm her.
Lola was rushed to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest before being transferred to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff.
James, van Neyland, denies causing or authorizing the death of a child. Bevan, from Aberystwyth, denies murder.
The process continues.