Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]250,000 Award for Baby Shaken by Her Father; PAYOUT WILL ENSURE CARE OF GIRL WITH SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]250,000 Award for Baby Shaken by Her Father; PAYOUT WILL ENSURE CARE OF GIRL WITH SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE

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Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK

A LITTLE girl whose father shook her so violently she was left with severe brain damage has been given a record payout.

Julie Ann Gates was two months old when Alan Ellis inflicted the injuries while her mother was at work. Now, four years later, she has been awarded [pounds sterling]250,000 compensation for the harm she suffered, which has left her unable to control her limbs or recognise her own mother.

She has daily fits and is not expected to live beyond 20.

Experts say her senses are so damaged she cannot distinguish her mother's face, voice or smell.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority may make further awards to pay for the 24-hour care she needs.

For the first time, they agreed to pay for a trust fund to protect the money from Ellis, who was convicted of grievous bodily harm and served 18 months of a three-year jail term.

"This was a heartrending case," said a compensation authority spokesman.

"Julie Ann was clearly an innocent victim and we are delighted by this outcome."

Her mother Mandy Gates, 21, said: "I would rather have my daughter able to walk and talk than the money but it makes a difference because I will be able to get things for Julie Ann that the NHS won't be able to give us to make her life and mine a bit easier."

Miss Gates met Ellis when they both worked at McDonald's in Feltham. She was a 16-year-old assistant and he was a married 32-year-old maintenance manager.

She said: "He was funny and kind... a very quiet, calm person and never showed his temper."

The couple moved in with his mother after he left his wife. Julie Ann was born a few months later.

One afternoon in 2001, Miss Gates left Julie Ann in Ellis's care, as usual, while she went to work. An hour later he called to say something had happened to Julie Ann. …

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