Man to stand trial over brutal murder of girl, 2
A MAN has been committed to stand trial in the New South Wales Supreme Court charged with murdering his partner's two-year-old daughter.
Coffs Harbour man Thomas Lock, 23, was left alone with the toddler in a Park Beach home for less than 30 minutes.
She was taken to hospital by her mother with lacerations to her face and genitals, bruises, burns, a fractured collarbone and severe internal abdominal bleeding.
She presented to the emergency department in a critical condition.
Hospital staff did all they could to save the girl's life but she died in early April 21, 2014.
Lock was arrested and charged with murder and one count of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10 years.
That sexual assault charge was dismissed by the court due to no DNA evidence and a forensic clinician's finding that the toddler's injuries were consistent with a heavy blow to the abdomen rather than sexual assault.
Lock is expected to enter a plea in the New South Wales Court on May 6.