I searched and did not see a thread. I know that some of the cases on here absolutely beggar belief, but this case has made me so angry. This 'father' was convicted of inflicting serious head injuries on his daughter when she was a baby. He appealed and his conviction was quashed three years later. Then he and the girl's mother instituted court proceedings to regain custody of Ellie even though she had been placed in long term foster care. They won. 11 months later he is in court for murdering her. After she was injured, rather than calling for help, he and the 'mother' spent 2 hours trying to set up an alibi and make it look like an accident. One final insult - she had suffered a broken shoulder several weeks before she died and neither parent sought medical attention for this injury. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-36082621 Ellie had a home and she was safe away from her vile father - but the overweening arrogance of the man meant that he would not accept it. I think he saw her as property and regaining custody as a matter of pride and a way of 'saving face'. Disgusting.