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Demi Mahon was found with serious head injuries on July 15 last year

On his 15th birthday, a teenager battered a 2 year old to death. Demi-Leigh Mahon appeared to have been punched repeatedly, bitten, and kicked in the head by the alleged teen.

She was found under a quilt with 68 injuries when her mother Ann-Marie McDonald returned to her flat from a visit to the shops. She died the next day.

The boy went on trial for murder at Manchester Crown Court. The jury heard he had looked after the girl on previous occasions. But when Miss McDonald arrived back to her flat in Eccles, near Salford, at 4pm, she found him and his father outside saying there might be something wrong with Demi.

She rushed in and found her injured daughter.

Mr Bentham told the jury the boy had told a series of lies to cover his tracks.

He said: 'One of the explanations was she had hit her head on a radiator and another was she had hit her head on an ashtray. He may have lost his temper but he knew the likely consequences.

When her mother went into the room, she found Demi in a state of great distress. Her face was bruised and her head she described as being soggy.'

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The home in Eccles, near Manchester, where Demi Mahon was battered to death

Miss McDonald, who had been out collecting her child benefits, told the jury: 'As I walked past the shop his father gave me £5 and told me to get his son a birthday card.

'The boy said he had taken Demi to the park and he had picked her up and bruised her. He said that she had bumped her head. I said "where is she?"

'I went in and there was half the quilt covering her face, so I lifted it up and there was a big bruise round her face. I picked her up and her head flopped backwards. She couldn't breath properly or anything. I screamed and I said, "Have you rung an ambulance?"'

Pointing towards the defendant, she continued: 'He did that to my daughter. I will take a lie detector. I don't care.'

Pathologist Dr Naomi Carter found 68 sites of injury to Demi Leigh's head and face.

She concluded the toddler had probably been punched repeatedly in the face - adding that it looked as if the back of her head had been punched or kicked or banged against something hard.

The boy who can't be named denies murder. The trial continues.

[Daily Mail]