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Social services in the Vale of Glamorgan now face an investigation after they visited the family 15 times but still raised no concerns - despite finding out the severity of her injuries.
Passing sentence, Mrs Justice Davies, said: 'Elsie was aged just 18 months when you killed her, a young, vulnerable and defenceless child.'She had been entrusted to the care of yourself and your husband, Craig Scully-Hicks, her adoptive fathers.'Shortly before 6.19pm on May 25 2016 you inflicted injuries of such severity upon Elsie as to cause her immediate collapse and her death on May 29.'In deliberately inflicting serious injuries upon your 18-month-old adopted daughter you abused the trust which had been placed in you as Elsie's adoptive father.'It was a gross abuse of that trust.
Hours before the attack, Matthew Scully-Hicks had taken her shopping at Marks & Spencer for an outfit to wear at a party celebrating her adoption.
The fracture to the skull was caused by an impact with a hard surface.'Her collapse would have swiftly followed, that having occurred you called the emergency services.'The judge added Scully-Hicks's case was aggravated by Elsie's vulnerability due to her age and an abuse of a position of trust.
She said: 'I am satisfied you inflicted injuries upon Elsie in November 2015 which caused the fractures to her leg and in December 15 the large bruise to her forehead.'You had, and were aware that you had, a predisposition to injure your adoptive daughter.
It was an abuse of the responsibility which had been placed upon you as her adoptive father to protect and care for this young, vulnerable and defenceless child.
Listing her injuries, the judge added: 'Elsie suffered a cardiac arrest.
She said: 'Tragically the opportunity was missed.'She told him: You are an intelligent man.