Maggots discovered feeding on the body of an obese teenager have been “at the very least two days outdated” when she was found, a courtroom has heard.
Sixteen-year-old Kaylea Titford died at her home in Newtown, Powys, Wales, in October 2020, when she was discovered by paramedics mendacity in dirty clothes and mattress linen, Mildew Crown Court docket has heard.
Her father, Alun Titford, 45, denies manslaughter by gross negligence however the jury in his trial has heard that Kaylea’s mom, Sarah Lloyd-Jones, 39, has pleaded guilty to the offence.
On Tuesday, forensic entomologist Amoret Whitaker gave proof throughout the trial and stated the situations within the teenager’s bed room have been “optimum” for a colonisation of houseflies.
The courtroom heard that Dr Whitaker checked out photographs of the room and of Kaylea’s physique from a autopsy examination in addition to inspecting a few of the maggots, or larvae, which have been discovered on Kaylea’s physique, on dirty bedsheets and on absorbent pads placed around her.
Dr Whitaker stated she estimated the temperature of the environment as a way to attempt to age the larvae.
She stated: “If the larvae have been creating on the physique while it was nonetheless alive, clearly the temperature could be a lot hotter as a result of the human physique temperature is kind of heat, so the estimate I’ve used on this explicit case is predicated on larvae creating on a dwell human.”
She added: “My estimate was 48 hours because the minimal time that that they had been feeding on the physique and within the bedding.”
Dr Whitaker stated maggots “are interested in wounds, for example, similar to mattress ulcers” and have been proven “inside folds of pores and skin” and subsequently “feeding on the physique itself”.
She stated it was potential that the larvae, which have been seized on the autopsy the morning after Kaylea was discovered lifeless, had been creating for longer than 48 hours.
Dr Whitaker instructed the courtroom she examined fly papers from Kaylea’s room, one in all which had at the very least 60 houseflies on and one other which had at the very least 50.
She stated she was unable to say for certain whether or not the flies on the paper had developed within the room.
Titford sat along with his head down within the dock as he listened to surprising proof given by specialists.
Medical podiatrist David Blake instructed the courtroom he estimated from pictures of Kaylea’s ft that her toenails had not been lower for six to 10 months.
He stated a “persistent breakdown or ulceration” of the heel of her foot may very well be seen.
He added: “It could have a powerful pungent odor that in a medical surroundings would fill the room.”
Blake stated the pictures he noticed have been “the worst I’ve seen in my profession”.
Requested by Caroline Rees KC, prosecuting, how he would describe any obvious neglect, he stated: “Unacceptable.”
Kaylea weighed 22st 13lb, with a physique mass index of 70, when she died, the courtroom has heard.
The prosecution allege she was dwelling in situations “unfit for any animal”.
Jurors have heard that her demise was a results of “irritation and an infection in in depth areas of ulceration arising from weight problems and its issues, and immobility in a lady with spina bifida and hydrocephalus”.
Titford, of Colwyn, Newtown, denies manslaughter by gross negligence and another rely of inflicting or permitting the demise of a kid.