THE trial of a young father accused of killing his baby daughter in Heathcote will start tomorrow.
Joby Anthony Rowe, 24, is due to appear at Bendigo Supreme Court charged with child homicide, after his murder charge was downgraded. The trial is expected to last up to 20 days.
Rowe was last year committed to stand trial for the murder of his three-month-old daughter, Alanah, who died in August 2015 after going into cardiac arrest.
On December 5, 2016, prosecutors at the Victorian Supreme Court changed the charge against Rowe to child homicide.
Rowe has formally pleaded not guilty to murder, having told police Alanah had a coughing fit while he was feeding her a bottle on August 29, 2015. But autopsy results reported by the Herald Sun during earlier committal proceedings show Alanah suffered bleeding on the brain which likely led to a cardiac arrest.
Alanah’s mother, Stephanie Knibbs, who told police she believes Rowe is innocent, broke down during the committal as she recounted finding the baby unconscious and dying.