THE sister of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend's baby said her brother hid in a bedroom when paramedics arrived to treat the stricken one-year-old.

Orianna Crilly-Cifrova suffered multiple skull fractures with a post mortem carried out following her death in October last year revealing she had also suffered fractured ribs and spine.

Jamie Chadwick and the girl's mother Chelsea Crilly were living with his sister, Aysha Muhammed, in a flat on Cross Lane, Radcliffe, when the prosecution say he killed 12-month-old Orianna after he was left alone with the child.

On the second day of the trial held at Manchester Crown Court, the jury was played a video of Ms Muhammed's police interview.

She said she had left the flat with Crilly to go to a NHS stop smoking appointment on October 16 but when they returned to the flat Chadwick said Orianna had fallen down three steps into the bathroom while he was sitting on the toilet.

"I had a sick feeling in my stomach that something was wrong," said Ms Muhammed. "She was strapped in her pram, but she was white and her eyes were in the back of her head like she was dead.

"He was scared and Chelsea told him to go in the back room because he wasn't allowed here."

Crilly had repeatedly been warned about the risk posed by Chadwick, who was under investigation after another woman's baby was injured in July 2018.

She repeatedly lied to social workers and police, claiming he had no contact with her child and on one occasion he had hidden under a bed when social workers visited the flat

When asked about the couple's relationship, Ms Muhammed, said the pair, who slept on a single mattress in her spare room, would argue about "pathetic stuff - it was a headache all the time."

She said: "Jamie is perfectly fine with Orianna and he would rock her to sleep and feed her crisps. He's dead good with her but Chelsea can get aggressive with her, shouting at screaming at her. She'd shove a bottle in her mouth even if she didn't want it to try and make her go to sleep.When Chelsea didn't have weed she'd get really angry."

Ms Muhammed said the night before incident the couple had drank vodka and took cocaine and cannabis while she sat on the sofa looking after the baby and "eating a calzone".

When the paramedics arrived she said Chadwick was "panicking and crying" and saying "I didn't know what I was doing."

The court heard that Crilly continued to lie about Chadwick's involvement with her daughter.

"She said she was on the toilet when Orianna started crawling fast and then fell down the stairs," said Ms Muhammed.

"I just want to tell you that Jamie wouldn't hurt her."

Chadwick, 22, denies murder and Crilly, 20, of Warwick Road, Atherton, has pleaded not guilty to causing or allowing the death of a child.

The trial continues.