The smiling mother and father were shown holding their baby just days before the newborn “literally left her life” because the parents were imprisoned for a total of 18 years today.
It was Ava Grace Nolan On August 16, 2017, paramedics were found unanswered at her family home in Nelson, Lancashire.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after midnight an autopsy revealed that Ava had died of a “catastrophic” head injury, probably caused by a severe concussion.
Further investigation revealed that Ava, who weighed just six pounds 10 ounces, also suffered a separate brain injury and a broken leg, which she is said to have suffered in the days before her death.
Her parents Sophie Nash, 31, and Daniel Nolan, 30, blamed each other for Aina’s injuries, and neither of them took responsibility for hurting her, Preston Crown Court heard.
On Friday, Nolan was imprisoned for 10 years and his former partner Nash was sentenced to eight years after they were both found guilty by a jury of causing or allowing a child to die. Both denied the allegations.
Sophie Nash (right), 31, and Daniel Nolan (left), 30, were imprisoned for a total of 18 years for causing the death of their nine-day-old child, Ava Grace Nolan.
Ava Grace Nolan was found unanswered by paramedics at her family home in Nelson, Lancashire, on August 16, 2017. Pictured: Her mother Sophie Nash
Nolan was also convicted of causing or enabling a serious physical injury to a child in connection with the shocking injuries Ava suffered in the days before her death.
Nash was also found guilty of the same charges and an additional number of atrocities against a person under the age of 16.
Mr. David McLachlan QC, the prosecution, said Ava suffered a femur fracture and brain injury in the days before the second fatal head injury occurred.
He told the jury: “We are making it clear to you that we cannot say who actually did what.
“We can’t say about Nash or Nolan who caused the injury in this case, but the prosecution claims it was one of them and it couldn’t have been anyone else.”
In a Facebook report last October, Nash posted a photo of cuddling Nolan and saying, “This man is my rock. Without him, I would be lost. he is the only man for me. ”
On the fourth anniversary of Ava’s death, the couple, who now broke up, spent the night in Blackpool celebrating Nolan’s 30th birthday.
When Ava was born on August 8, 2017, she was what you would expect to be a “fit and healthy” newborn, the plaintiff said.
Ava (pictured) autopsy revealed that she had died of a “catastrophic” head injury, probably caused by a severe tremor.
The court heard that Nolan and Nash ignored the midwives’ professional support and allowed one of them to visit their newborn only when threatened by the police.
Midwives attended the house on August 12, 13 and 14, but admission was unsuccessful on each of these occasions, the court was told.
When the midwife finally made contact with her family, she was satisfied that Ava was happy and healthy, he only remarked that she had a slight yellow tinge, which could indicate jaundice.
Mr McLachlan added: “The case is that shortly after this visit, Ava suffered her first brain injury as well as a femur fracture.
“In fact, the next day was supposed to be the last day of Ava’s life.”
Shortly after 5 pm on August 15, a police officer conducted a social check at the address, contacted by the midwives concerned, and everything looked fine again, even though Ava was found to be whining.
Later that night, Nolan called the Burnley Birthing Center and told Ave that he was not feeling well and that he was “not breathing badly.”
The midwife on the phone told Nolan to call an ambulance, he heard the court.
The rescuers arrived in an unresponsive Ava, who later stopped breathing.
Attempts at the ambulance and Avu Hospital were unsuccessful. The nine-day-old baby was pronounced dead on August 16, shortly after midnight.
An autopsy revealed that Ava had two brain injuries, bruises on her body and a fractured femur.
Medical experts concluded that the bleeding in her brain was most likely caused by tremor.
Her parents Sophie Nash (31) and Daniel Nolan (pictured), 30, blamed each other for Aina’s injuries, and neither of them took responsibility for the newborn’s injuries.
The investigation found that Ava (left) also suffered separate brain injuries and leg fractures, which she is thought to have suffered in the days before her death. Pictured right: Nash and Nolan
Nash also routinely lifted Ava by her baby, which caused her head to fall, the court heard.
Nash, who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism, admitted that he had failed to contact paramedics, but added: “I was overwhelmed by groups and such. It was too much and it was just a stupid mistake. ”
Mr McLachlan said in court that Ava’s life was “literally shaken” and she said she “didn’t have much of a chance.”
He added: “The prosecution claims that it is up to them [Nolan and Nash] and are responsible for her death.
“Ava Grace Nolan suffered severe, non-accidental traumatic injuries while watching.
“At least one of them caused the injury and the other knew.
“The last injury was supposed to cause death when her life was literally shaken. She really didn’t have much of a chance. “
The jury heard Nash, who was studying medical science to work in cancer research, and Nolan had been involved in a “toxic and volatile” relationship since they met in early 2016 through a dating application.
At first, they lived in Middleton near Rochdale, but when Nash became pregnant with Ava, they moved to Nelson, where neighbors commented on several quarrels between the couple.
Nash and Nolan were imprisoned for a total of 18 years after being found guilty in Preston Crown Court of causing or allowing a child to die (pictured). Both denied the allegations
Following the verdict, Detective Chief Inspector Jill Johnston of the Lancashire Police said they were unable to prove which parent had caused the injuries that caused Ava’s death, but said they were “ultimately responsible.”
She continued, “Neither parent ever accepted responsibility for hurting Ava, and Nolan and Nash blamed each other.
“Although we have not been able to prove which of them caused the terrible injuries that caused their little daughter’s death, we proved that they were both responsible in the end.
“One of them shook little Ava to death and the other allowed it to happen.
“Neither of them sought medical help because of the initial injuries Ava suffered in the very short days of her life, and I suspect they were postponing seeking medical help the night she died until it was too late.
“Nolan and Nash have been blessed with a healthy girl, a newborn child, to love, care for and harm him.
“It’s unthinkable to think they’re responsible for her death.
“The couple admitted that they had an extremely unstable and violent relationship, putting little Ava at considerable risk, which turned out to be fatal.”