Man charged over death of baby girl

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with the death of his baby girl.

Stephen Gallagher has been charged with the manslaughter of Skylar Cowan on June 27 last year.

He also faces an allegation of causing or allowing the death of a child.

The 35-year-old, of Hepscott Avenue, Blackhall Colliery, entered no pleas and the case has been sent on to Durham Crown Court because of the serious nature of the claims. The charges follow an investigation sparked after the emergency services were called to a house at 5.20am on Friday, June 27.

Paramedics found the tot was not breathing and had no heartbeat.

The baby was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, but she could not be saved.

Gallagher was later arrested and charged with Skylar’s death.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into her death by the coroner’s office in Crook.

The manslaughter charge against Gallagher states he caused or allowed a death of a child, with the second charge setting out he caused or allowed the death of a child or vulnerable adult.

Gallagher was released on unconditional bail until the next hearing, which will be at Durham Crown Court on March 26.