Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is accused of killing 18-month old Elsie after 'assaulting and abusing' her over several months. He is pictured arriving at Cardiff Crown Court today
A tearful father told a murder trial today how his adopted daughter was rushed into hospital after allegedly being battered by his gay husband.
Craig Scully-Hicks, 36, told he saw 18-month-old Elsie lying on the operating table after she was 'violently shaken' by his husband just two weeks after the pair formally adopted her.
Tiny Elsie would die just four days after being admitted.
Fitness instructor Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is alleged to have called Elsie 'Satan dressed up in a baby grow' to husband Craig before her death.
Company manager Craig told a jury via videolink how his husband rang him to say Elsie was injured - and he dashed 100 miles to the hospital.
Craig said: 'She was on the operating table. There were just people everywhere and she was just lying on the table
'I remember speaking to the doctor and asking if it was something to do with her eye and he dismissed it.
'He said: "No it's her heart." Matt had already told me what happened.
'He said that she was fine. He had changed her for bed. She was on the floor in the lounge.
'He took the nappy out to the kitchen and was pottering about.
'When he went back into the room Elsie was lying on the floor. She looked like she was asleep but she wasn't.'
Cardiff Crown Court heard Matthew Scully-Hicks attempted CPR before the ambulance arrived.
Elsie spent four days in hospital until her life support was turned off at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Matthew Scully-Hicks is accused of 'assaulting and abusing' 18-month-old Elsie over seven months before murdering her at home.
The court heard he struggled to look after Elsie after giving up work to be a house-husband. He is alleged to have called the baby a 'psycho' and a 'proper diva'.
A court artist sketch of Matthew Scully-Hicks: He allegedly carried out the attacks on Elsie while his partner Craig kept working full time as a company director
Craig said he would often work away for days at a time while Matthew Scully-Hicks would look after Elsie and her elder sibling at home.
Craig, an account manager, said that just a month after Elsie was placed with the couple she began