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An X-Factor star is accused of allegedly beating to death or suffocating a nine-month-old girl he was babysitting and describing the child as a 'spoilt brat', a court has heard. 

Mitchell Callaway, 37, was granted Supreme Court bail on a $600,000 surety on Tuesday after being charged with the little girl's murder. It was his last-ditch bid for freedom after a previous application was rejected in the Coffs Harbour local court.

Appearing via videolink dressed in prison greens, Callaway, 37, appeared despondent throughout the hearing as he stared down towards his hands - occasionally huffing from an asthma puffer. 

The court heard police will allege Callaway fatally assaulted the little girl while babysitting her at a Binnaway home, in Central West NSW, on 23 July, 2018. 

Mitchell Callaway, 37, is pictured performing on hit television series, X Factor.  He starred in the show in 2011 - its third season - and finished seventh

Mitchell Callaway, 37, is pictured performing on hit television series, X Factor.  He starred in the show in 2011 - its third season - and finished seventh

The Crown will allege that she suffered blunt force trauma to her head, bruises on her scalp, and genital injuries. 

Police will allege Callaway had been caring for the girl at the time of her death and the day before - the timeframe during which experts believe the injuries were sustained. 

Callaway also allegedly made an admission to the girl's mother in November 2018 that he 'didn't mean to hurt her' and has a history of 'spontaneous aggression'. 

The court heard the baby's mother has previously taken AVOs out against Callaway. 

Prosecutors will argue jealousy was a possible motive. 'He... would call her [the baby] derogatory names like 'spoiled brat',' Crown prosecutor Kim Gourlie said. 

When Ms Gourlie made that comment, Callaway could be seen shaking his head in annoyance.  

However, the defence will argue that other medical experts dispute that the injuries directly caused the cardiac arrest.

They will argue that post-mortem examinations found the girl's brain had suffered no traumatic injuries, despite the skull fracture. 

Callaway's lawyer Nicholas Broadbent noted one expert pathologist had found the skull fracture could have been inflicted in the time shortly before her death or up to a week earlier and the other injuries caused during later efforts to resuscitate her. 

Mr Broadbent also argued Callaway's alleged admission, which occurred during a car accident Callaway was involved in during November 2018, was 'ambiguous' and there was 'dispute over what was said.'

The court heard new evidence that lead to the singer's arrest on June 8 at a home in Bowraville, on the NSW Mid North Coast, was expert testimony about how the little girl's injuries could be linked to her death. 

The little girl (pictured) suffered blunt force trauma injuries to her head, the court heard

The little girl (pictured) suffered blunt force trauma injuries to her head, the court heard 

The new expert testimony came

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