Poppi Worthington's father arrives at court

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The former Asda supermarket worker has been in hiding for about two years since a family court judge ruled he probably sexually assaulted Poppi before she collapsed at her home in Barrow-in-Furness and died in hospital more than a hour later.

Earlier today, Mr Worthington refused to provide a direct answer to more than 200 questions about Poppi, the routine of the day before her death and the circumstances surrounding her collapse. He replied: "Lively. Bubbly".

Poppi's DNA was found on a swab of Mr Worthington's penis.

Over two sessions, two hours on Wednesday afternoon and two hours on Thursday at the inquest at County Hall in Kendal, Mr Worthington replied 252 times with the same answer, "I refer to my previous statements under Rule 22". It is recalled that, as the doctor claims, the little one has brought in internal injuries that matched sexual abuse and were caused before she died.

He sold the device after her death.

Poppi's mother, who can not be named for legal reasons, told the inquest at County Hall, Kendal, earlier this week that she had been awoken by an unusual scream from her daughter on the day she died.

Closing evidence, DI Amanda Sadler said she should have taken samples from Poppi and regretted not taking a DNA sample from Mr Worthington earlier.

The high court ordered a fresh inquest into Poppi's death in 2015 after the first hearing lasted just seven minutes and recorded a verdict of unexplained death.

Poppi was listed as "a child aged 13 months" at the first inquest in 2014 and her death was declared as unexplained.

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     TEARS Court artist sketch of Poppi Worthington's father
PA TEARS Court artist sketch of Poppi Worthington's father

In a reality discovering judgment as a feature of care procedures including Poppi's kin, family court judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson, now Lord Justice Peter Jackson, said Poppi's "noteworthy seeping" inside 15 minutes of the 999 call produced using the family home must be clarified sensibly as the outcome of penetrative injury.

Miss Hewitt's first question was to ask him to confirm that he started his relationship with Poppi's mother, who can not be named for legal reasons, in about 2009.

Miss Hewitt continued: "Do you agree that from 2am, 2.30am on the 12th of December that the events from that point onwards to you carrying Poppi downstairs not breathing, that you are the only person who can account for the events between the two times?"

Mr Worthington answered again in a calm voice: "I allude to my prior explanations, lead 22".

Kate Stone, representing Poppi's mother, asked him: 'Why did you hurt your daughter, Mr Worthington?'

The witness shook his head and gave the stock answer he had utilized some time recently.

"Now you are perfectly entitled to rely on your legal right not to answer anything that might incriminate you, there's no inference drawn from that", said Roberts.

However, he included: "All things considered, today is an open door for you to reveal to me anything you think may enable me to see how Poppi dropped by her passing. Is there something else you might want to let me know?"

But former detective constable Lindsey Bolton told coroner David Roberts that Mr Worthington, 49, had told them he no longer had it, because a man from Millom had bought it from him.

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