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Mother goes on trial accused of drowning her four-year-old daughter

A mother has gone on trial accused of murdering her four-year-old daughter.

Amelia Brooke Harris died on June 8 this year. Credit: South Wales Police/Family Photo

Carly Ann Harris, 38, is on trial at Newport Crown Court charged with killing Amelia Brooke Harris following an incident at a house in Trealaw, Tonypandy, on June 8 this year.

Opening the case for the Crown, Michael Jones QC, prosecuting, told the jury it a "tragic" and "exceptional" case.

Carly Ann Harris, killed her four-year-old daughter Amelia by placing her in a bath of water and deliberately drowning her at their home address.

The defendant then took Amelia's dead body out of the bath, covered her with a sheet, carried her downstairs and placed her body on a coffee table that was situated in the back garden, and then set fire to Amelia's body.

There is no dispute about what Miss Harris did that day or what took place before or after Amelia was killed by the defendant.

– Michael Jones QC, Prosecutor
Carly Ann Harris Harris denies murder and manslaughter. Credit: Wales News Service

The jury heard, on the day of Amelia's death, neighbour Megan Griffiths said she had heard a raised voice saying: "mummy, mummy, mummy".

She asked her partner Jake Barlow, but he said he had not heard anything.

A short time later Mr Barlow heard screaming outside and went into the street with Miss Griffiths.

Miss Griffiths saw Harris standing in the front garden and the defendant told her: "God will be with her. The angels have taken her."

Miss Griffiths dialled 999.

When the police arrived at the scene, Harris told them: "The angels told me to do it. Just arrest me. It's okay."

She was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The prosecution went on to tell the jury that the defence did not dispute what Carly Anne Harris had done. But that the facts of the case were such that a ‘special verdict’ was available to them - not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

Alternatively, they could choose to find her guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Carly Anne Harris denies murder and manslaughter. The trial continues.