Dad William Stephens accused of murdering baby daughter Paris
A 24-YEAR-old has been charged with murdering his three-month-old daughter.
William Stephens, of Fonthill Road, Southmead, appeared at Bristol Crown Court via video link yesterday.
He is accused of killing Paris Vince-Stephens, his child with Danahj Vince.
Last Friday evening, an ambulance was called to Fane Close, Henbury, to reports of a baby girl with a serious head injury.
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Paramedics informed Avon and Somerset police, who started an investigation straight away into how the injuries may have been caused.
Paris was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital, where she was treated over the weekend, but despite doctors' efforts passed away early on Monday morning.
Stephens was charged with murder and appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, where his case was sent to the crown court.
Then yesterday he appeared via video link from HMP Bristol at the higher court on Small Street in a brief, closed hearing under the Bail Act, heard by the Recorder of Bristol, Judge Neil Ford QC. Stephens was remanded in custody pending a preliminary hearing back at the crown court on February 7.
Paris' distraught mother Miss Vince has posted a picture of her beloved baby on her Facebook page, with the message "R.I.P sweetheart".
In one post, she wrote: "She is and she was my gawjus baby miss her so much its unreal."
She added in another comment that she "can't understand" what has happened.
When The Post went to Fane Close last night, two bunches of flowers had been left outside the block of flats Paris and her mum are believed to have lived in.
Avon and Somerset police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: "On the evening of Friday, January 11, a girl aged three months was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital with a serious head injury.
"Unfortunately the girl died in hospital early on Monday morning.
"When the girl was admitted we immediately began an investigation to establish how the injury was sustained. As a result of our inquiries, William Stephens, 24, from Bristol, was arrested and has been charged with murder."
Stephens has not yet entered a plea to the charge.