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A man from Peterborough has admitted murdering his nine week old baby daughter.
23 year old Aurimas Medvedeva inflicted 'brutal' injuries on baby Aukse after being left alone with her at their home in Clifton Avenue in West Town on the 5th of September last year.
The baby was left with injuries including cuts and bruises all over her body and a post mortem examination described them as being "consistent with those sustained in a car crash."
Her 24-year-old mother returned home at about 10.30pm to find her cold and unresponsive in her cot and she was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by both parents, arriving at A&E at about 12.30am on September 6.
However, the baby was dead on arrival.
A few hours later both parents were arrested at the hospital, after a doctor expressed concern at the number and severity of the baby's injuries.
The victim's mother was eventually released without charge but Medvedevas was charged with murder on September 9 last year.
Today, Medvedevas pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey.
He had been standing trial but that was halted after he indicated he wanted to change his plea.
Supt Jon Hutchinson, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "This was a shocking, brutal crime in which a baby girl who was only nine weeks old was murdered by a person who should have been looking after her.
Medvedevas simply did not want to look after his daughter and ended up inflicting injuries to her that would prove fatal.
He used such violent that the post mortem examination concluded her injuries were consistent with having been in a car crash or dropped from a one-storey building.
He then cruelly failed to seek the medical assistance that may well have saved her life.
On his arrest, Medvedevas refused to tell officers the truth and allowed the victim's young mother to spend four days in custody while denying he had done anything wrong.
In interview he arrogantly refused to make any comment when we raised the injuries his daughter had suffered and only later came up with an explanation of how she had sustained them.
I hope today's conviction provides Aukse's mother with some small comfort, knowing that justice has been done, and allows her to continue rebuilding her life."
Medvedevas is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey next Friday.
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