Police find no evidence of criminality on Poppi Worthington's dad's laptop

Paul Worthington, 50, viewed porn on the computer hours before the 13-month-old's death at home in Barrow-in-Furness in December 2012.

But cops did not seize the laptop at the time — one of a series of blunders in the botched investigation which has led to no prosecutions over tragic Poppi's death.

An inquest in January – the most recent of three court hearings on the tot's death – found she was anally penetrated in her dad's bed.

But Cumbria coroner David Roberts said her death did not result from the abuse — and that the toddler suffocated as she slept next to her father in an "unsafe sleeping environment".

The laptop was recovered after police arrested a 39-year-old Barrow man in March on suspicion of assisting an offender.



Today Cumbria Police said in a statement: "Cumbria Constabulary can confirm that a laptop seized by officers, as part of an investigative inquiry concerning the death of Poppi Worthington, does not contain any evidence of criminal activity.

"The laptop has been subject to meticulous forensic physical and digital examination by accredited forensic examiners in accordance with national best practice.

"This was subsequently independently assessed by another police force.



"The constabulary are confident that the laptop is the one used by Paul Worthington at the time of Poppi's death.

"All examinations resulted in no evidence of criminality being found.

"The Crown Prosecution Service have been made aware of the results of the laptop examination."

The 39-year-old man co-operated with the investigation and has been released with no further action.

Medics rushed to the Worthington family home on the morning of December 12, 2012.

 

Poppi was taken to Furness General Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after 7am.

Judgments by a High Court family judge in 2014 and 2016 ruled that – on the balance of probabilities – Poppi was abused by her father shortly before her death.

The Crown Prosecution Service previously ruled Mr Worthington will not face any legal action.

He strenuously denies any wrongdoing and is now living in hiding with police protection.



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