A distraught mum told how she'll never forgive her ex-boyfriend who killed their 14-month-old baby girl.

In an emotional interview today, February 21, Leanne Thompson said: “I hate him, I absolutely hate him. I will never, ever forgive him.”

Killer Daniel Ashurst was found guilty of the manslaughter of his 14-month-old baby daughter Hollie at the family's home in Wigan.

Ashurst had been tasked with taking care of Hollie on February 28 last year, when his partner, Leanne Thompson, returned to work following maternity leave, a trial heard.

Hollie Ashurst who died in Wigan

The child was later rushed to hospital with a 'catalogue' of injuries and later died.

During a trial at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, February 20, Ashurst, 33, was found guilty of manslaughter but not guilty of murder, after the jury deliberated for more than three hours.

Speaking to Wigan Today, after the trial, Leanne Thompson relived the final moment she spent with her baby girl, before Ashurst killed her.

It was only Leanne's second day returning to work after maternity leave, when the tragedy struck on February 28 last year.

Flowers left outside the property

Ashurst was asked to care for Hollie while Leanne started her new job at a beauty salon in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Leanne said: “On the morning, before it happened, he wasn’t himself. He had a bit of an attitude with me and he was dropping me off at work. He didn’t speak to me throughout the whole journey from Shevington to Ashton.

“I just said ‘bye Hollie’ - she was singing in the back of the car, being herself."

While she was at work, Leanne received a phone call saying her daughter had been rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Hollie died a day later.

Leanne said: "I hate him, I absolutely hate him. I will never, ever forgive him.”

Ashurst had previously told a mental health nurse he feared he would struggle to cope to look after Hollie when his partner Leanne Thompson returned to work.

He had been taking medication for depression and anxiety for several years and used cocaine and drank alcohol most evenings to help him 'relax', the trial heard.

Ashurst was initially arrested on suspicion of inflicting serious serious harm on Hollie, which changed to murder after her death.

Earlier, he had given medical staff differing accounts of how his daughter came about her injuries.

After bursting into Standish Medical Practice holding Hollie, he told a doctor she had fallen down two steps.

She had started crying, he claimed, so he put her in his car to take her to hospital.

During the journey, he said Hollie stopped breathing so he diverted to the surgery.

Flowers left on Fleming Court in the Shevington area of Wigan

Ashurst then told a paramedic she had bumped her head after falling down the two steps, but crawled back up.

He said he did not initially believe she was badly hurt, but realised something was wrong 10 minutes later when Hollie became limp and lethargic, so decided to take her to hospital.

Ashurst said she had stopped responding in the car, so he pulled in at the surgery.

A post-mortem examination revealed Hollie suffered bruising to her head and neck, bleeding to her eyes, brain and spinal cord; a fractured ankle, and possible bite marks to her left hand and thigh, the trial heard.

Pathologist Dr Charles Wilson told the court he believed the child had been the subject of 'non-accidental injury involving excessive acceleration and deceleration of her head in relation to the rest of her body, with multiple impacts to her head and face'.

Ashurst then changed his version of his events, claiming Hollie had fallen off a bed at their home in Fleming Court, Shevington, earlier that morning.

He said he left her upstairs and went outside to the bin, but returned to find her shaking 'from head to toe' on the staircase.

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As said that as he hurried downstairs with her in his arms, he snagged his shorts on something and lost his grip on Hollie, accidentally dropping her down the stairs.

Ashurst then claimed Hollie had also fallen from her car seat when he braked hard at a red light.

Prosecutors claimed the account was a 'recent invention'.

Guy Gozem QC, prosecuting, told jurors: "This series of alleged accident had not been mentioned to medics.

"It has been invented because his original account gets nowhere near explaining Hollie's injuries."

On the morning of Hollie's death, Ashurst had dropped Ms Thompson at work before driving to Asda in Wigan with his daughter.

There, he had 12 photographs of Hollie taken at a Max Spielmann concession before eating breakfast in the cafe.

He returned home, but left later that morning to see a woman about a diet plan. She thought he was acting unusual and seemed 'tense'.

Ashurst returned home but left the house again at about 1.30pm.

About 15 minutes later, he burst into Standish Medical Practice and told receptionists his daughter was not breathing.

A doctor at the surgery examined Hollie, but could not find a pulse and she was not breathing.

She was rushed to Wigan Infirmary before being transferred to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Hollie died from her injuries the following afternoon.