Tyler Vallance pleaded guilty today on the charge of murdering his own daughter, Isabella, who was just two months old at the time.
Vallance also suffers from Tourette's syndrome and is likely to claim that the combination of the two conditions caused him to momentarily lose control. He was also charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm. The case was heard at Worcester Crown Court in the UK.
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While the exact cause of death is unknown, it was reported that the girl was admitted to hospital on December 7, 2012 where she then died 5 days later. Mr. Vallance was just 19 at the time. The child's mother, Jessica Wiggins, was 17.
Ms. Wiggins is also facing a charge of child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of a child. As the pair are being tried as adults, they could spend life in prison, though much of this depends on the judge's analysis of Vallance's state of mind at the time of the attack. Detention in a psychiatric hospital is also a distinct possibility.
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Christopher Hotton QC prosecuting said that the prosecution's view was that it was "overwhelmingly likely that each occurred over a short period of time in a momentary loss of control by somebody with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Tourette's."
Tourette's is a very varied disease which can present itself through small signs such as facial twitches, vocal outbursts or behavioural swings. When combined with ADHD the possibilty exists for both conditions to experience severe flares at the same time, resulting in a loss of control.
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Source: Daily Mail/BBC/Redditch Standard