Baby girl died ‘with fractured skull and possible bite marks’ as parents accused of murder

A baby girl died after allegedly suffering a catalogue of injuries including bruises, a fractured skull and possible bite marks, a court has heard.

Eleven-week-old Hazel Prajapati arrived at Northwick Hospital in North London on September 16 in an unresponsive condition.

Her parents had taken her in a taxi from their North London home.

Hazel was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she died on September 20.

Labourer Krunal Prajapati, 26, and Rinkalben Prajapati, 23, North West London, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday charged with murdering Hazel.

A special post-mortem examination took place on September 26 and gave the provisional cause of death as a head injury.

The couple were charged with Hazel’s murder and the alternative offence of allowing or causing the death of a child.

On Friday, they appeared at the Old Bailey before Judge Mark Lucraft KC for a preliminary hearing.

The father wiped away tears in the dock while his wife was on video link from Bronzefield jail.

Outlining the allegation against the pair, prosecutor Joel Smith said: “On September 16, Hazel was fatally assaulted at the family home.”

The examination of her body revealed various injuries including “significant bruising”, a skull fracture and what are believed may be bite marks, the court heard.

A provisional trial was set for September 4 next year before a High Court judge.

A plea and case management hearing was fixed for March 24 with a further hearing on January 13.

The defendants, who were assisted in court by an interpreter, were remanded into custody.