Evil parents guilty of newborn baby daughter Ava's death as judge says she 'didn't stand a chance'

A MONSTER mum and dad have been found guilty over the death of their newborn daughter who "didn't stand a chance".

Ava Grace Nolan was just eight days old when she died after suffering a string of injuries – including two separate bleeds to her brain and a fractured femur.


Her parents Sophie Nash, 31, and Daniel Nolan, 30, were "volatile and abusive" and shunned help from midwives and health visitors.

They only allowed a midwife to visit their home in Preston when they were threatened with the police.

Nash and Nolan are now facing jail after being found guilty of causing or allowing Ava's death.

The couple were also convicted of two counts of causing or allowing serious injury to her and child cruelty.

Preston Crown Court heard how little Ava "didn't stand a chance" with the family home "not safe for any child".

Police were scrambled on August 16, 2007, following reports the newborn had been found unresponsive.

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She was rushed to hospital but sadly couldn't be saved and died shortly after.

A post mortem examination found she died from a catastrophic head injury, likely to have been caused by forceful shaking.

Ava had also suffered a separate brain injury and broken leg believed to have been inflicted in the days leading up to her death.

Even after the couple were arrested, they continued planning their wedding for November 2021.

Det Ch Insp Jill Johnston from Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT), said: "Throughout this long and complex investigation, neither parent has ever accepted responsibility for harming Ava, with both Nolan and Nash blaming each other.

"Whilst we have been unable to prove which one inflicted those horrendous injuries which caused their baby daughter’s death, what we have been able to prove is that they are both ultimately responsible.

"One of them shook baby Ava to death and the other allowed it to happen. Neither of them sought medical assistance for the initial injuries that Ava suffered in those very short days of her life and I suspect that they delayed seeking medical help on the evening of her death, until it was certainly too late.

"Nolan and Nash were blessed with a healthy baby girl, a newborn baby who they should have loved, cared for and protected from harm. To think that they are responsible for her death is inconceivable."

The couple will be sentenced today.

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