A MAN accused of killing a Huddersfield toddler has said he would never hit a child.
A jury at Bradford Crown Court heard extracts from a series of police interviews with Peter Seaton following his arrest in the Northallerton area a few days after the tragic death of four-year-old Leticia Wright, of Almondbury Bank, Moldgreen.
He and his then girlfriend, Leticia’s mother, Sharon Wright, 23, have both denied her murder.
At the time of his arrest Seaton said: “It was not me. I didn't do anything.”'
Seaton, 22, who was wanted on a warrant at the time he was living with Wright at Almondbury Bank, told detectives: “I wouldn't dare hit a lass.
“I wouldn't dare hit a young lass like that. I just want to make that clear.’’'
He said he had seen Wright smack Leticia when she didn't do what she was told and on occasions when she had soiled her bed.
Seaton said Leticia never complained about being hit and he said the girl’s relationship with her mother was “all right, not too bad’’.
Seaton said that on the night of Leticia’s death Wright went upstairs twice after her daughter was put to bed. On the second occasion he realised something had happened because he could hear Wright shouting ‘why had she done it’.
Seaton said Wright stormed downstairs into the kitchen and said Leticia had messed the bed and she needed to get cleaning materials.
He next saw Leticia as he went upstairs and Wright was carrying her down.
Seaton said Wright was telling her she was a naughty girl, but Leticia was not crying and he did not see any injuries.
After four or five minutes he was shouted for and found Leticia laid on the floor.
He tried to do the kiss of life while Wright was on the phone, but she told him to go when the ambulance arrived because there was a warrant for his arrest.
Seaton said he had no knowledge of any cigarette burns on Leticia's body and had never seen the child inflict injuries like that on herself.
He said he had never punched or slapped her and had never seen Wright do those things.
He said he treated Leticia ‘'like his own’ and said he was shocked to hear that Wright had been arrested for her murder at the hospital.
The jury also heard detailed evidence from Leticia's medical records which revealed that she had been taken to hospital eight times between May, 2003, and June last year.
On five occasions she was treated for an injury to her elbow while in August, 2005, she had a cut on the back of her head.
The trial continues.