Poppi Worthington's dad's shameless sister DEFENDS him over tragic death and says he's been 'hung, drawn and quartered'

Paul Worthington was found to have assaulted the 13-month-old before she died from serious injuries at her home in December 2012.

The dad has never faced prosecution over the tragedy after a string of failings from Cumbria Police during the investigation into her death.

Poppi’s auntie Tracy Worthington, 47, has defended her brother after he today lost a shameless attempt to overturn a ruling he sexually assaulted her.

She told Sun Online: "Paul's the underdog, he's got no money but has been drawn into the limelight and hung, drawn and quartered because of the way everything's been printed.

"He has never, ever hidden anything from the police. He's always been 100 per cent with them.

"Paul has nothing hide. He pushed and pushed and pushed to find out what happened to Poppi. If he'd done it he would have crawled under a rock."

In January, a coroner ruled at her inquest that Worthington had sexually assaulted her but a bungled police investigation meant no charges were brought.

It came after judgements by a High Court family judge in 2014 and 2016 that Poppi was abused by her father shortly before her death.

After the inquest, the Crown Prosecution Service came under pressure to re-examine the case against dad Paul – but a fourth review into the tot's death was not held.

Now Tracy has said she "doesn't blame" her brother for trying to clear his name, adding: "There's a probability [he assaulted her], that's a massive difference.

"At the end of the day, nothing surprises me with this because of the way the whole thing's been run from the police right down. He hasn't had a chance.

"There's a possibility the police are wrong.

"He's never going to prove himself because there's so much against him.

"At the end of the day he's lost his daughter."

Her comments come as Sun Online today revealed Worthington is still receiving police protection at a cost to the taxpayer of £50,000 a year.

His sister said he is no longer living in Barrow-in-Furness where the tot died and is living on "handouts".

She added: "He's better off where he's at because you can't take any chances as it only takes one idiot.

"He's just getting on with his life as best he can."

Worthington had come out of hiding after two years to give evidence at the inquest – but covered his face as he was bundled into court by police officers.

He then added further misery to Poppi's mum by refusing to answer 252 questions put to him – leaving her in the dark over what happened before the tot's death.

Worthington denies any wrongdoing.

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