Parents on trial for alleged murder of eight-week-old daughter

Michael Roe and Tiffany Tate deny the charges

Monday, March 2, 2020

Two parents from Crowborough have appeared in court accused of murdering their eight-week-old baby daughter.

Michael Roe, 32, and Tiffany Tate, 21, both face charges of murder and causing or allowing the death of a child after their daughter Holly Roe died in September 2018.

The court heard how allegedly one parent murdered the baby and the other allowed it to happen.

Both defendants appeared at Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex this morning where a panel of jurors was sworn in.

Roe appeared in a dark suit and Tate stood in the dock wearing a grey blazer and black shirt. Both deny the charges against them.

The prosecution, led by Sally Howes QC, is expected to open the case tomorrow.

Trial judge Mrs Justice Clare Moulder told the jury: “This is a very sad case of the death of a baby only a few weeks old.

“The defendants in this case are the baby’s parents, Michael Roe and Tiffany Tate.

“It is the prosecution case that one of her parents murdered her and the other allowed it to happen.”

She also warned jurors that though the case was “tragic and shocking”, they must not allow emotion to sway their judgement.

The trial is expected to last up to six weeks.

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