The father of Mylee Billingham has failed to appear in court because of an error over his date of birth.
The case against William Billingham, who has yet to enter pleas to charges of murder and making threats to kill, was adjourned for three weeks.
Wolverhampton Crown Court was told Billingham had not been brought to court from Birmingham's Winson Green prison because of confusion over his exact date of birth.
Eight-year-old Mylee was pronounced dead in hospital after being found with knife wounds at her father's bungalow in Valley View, Brownhills on January 20.
The 54-year-old has been remanded in custody until a further hearing on April 9.