Blackburn: Father ‘murdered two children and then killed his new partner six years later’

Jordan Monaghan (center) denies three murder charges (Image: Cavendish Press)

A father suffocated two of his children while their mother was out of the room, then murdered another woman by poisoning her with drugs six years later, a court heard.

Jordan Monaghan is alleged to have murdered his newborn daughter on New Year’s Day in 2013 and eight months later he killed his son, Logan, 21 months.

He is then alleged to have attempted to kill a third child, who cannot be identified, before murdering his new partner, 23-year-old Evie Adams, in October 2019 using prescription drugs tramadol and diazepam.

Monaghan, of Blackburn in Lancashire, denies all the charges.

Duncan Smith QC, the prosecutor, told a jury at Preston Crown Court today that both Ruby and Logan Monaghan had ‘collapsed’ but recovered before a final fatal event.

Both had been seen by doctors in the days and months before they died, but apart from the usual childhood illnesses, no serious medical conditions were found.

Smith said: “The case for the prosecution is that Jordan Monaghan was responsible for the collapses of his children and, in turn, responsible for the deaths of Ruby and Logan.

Logan with his little sister Ruby (Image: Cavendish Press)
Monaghan is also accused of killing his partner Evie Adams, in the photo

The prosecution contends that Mr. Monaghan deliberately and illegally obstructed Ruby and Logan’s breathing.

“ The prosecution also says that the defendant, Mr. Monaghan, is responsible for the murder of his then-partner Evie Adams in October 2019. ”

Monaghan got engaged to the children’s mother, Laura Gray, 28, in 2008, with Logan born in November 2011 and Ruby in December 2012, both normal pregnancies and births.

But Monaghan had a gambling addiction, was thousands of pounds in debt and the couple frequently argued over money problems, with Miss Gray threatening to quit, the court heard.

On December 15, 2012, one-week-old Ruby was taken to A and E at the local hospital with thrush and discharged the same day, and five days later she was seen by her GP for an infection. on the nail.

Three days before her death, Miss Gray was upstairs when Monaghan called her and said Ruby was ‘breathing funny’, the court heard.

The baby looked pale and blue on her lips, they called an ambulance and took her to the hospital where she spent two nights under observation.

Jordan Monaghan of Blackburn accused of killing his partner and two of their children (Image: Lancashire Police)

The initial diagnosis was that Ruby had suffered a ‘temporary pause in breathing’ and the consultants later diagnosed early bronchiolitis, but it continued to improve and she was discharged on December 31 without any prescription medication.

In the early hours of New Year’s Day, the defendant woke Ruby’s mother downstairs and yelled at her, “You have to come down. I don’t think Ruby is breathing. ‘

The boy was in his Moses basket looking pale and unresponsive and an ambulance was called while Monaghan performed CPR on his daughter.

Paramedics took her to the hospital and diagnosed her with respiratory cardiac arrest.

Doctors could find no physical signs or injuries that could cause her rapid deterioration and, despite emergency treatment, she did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead at 2.45 am on New Year’s Day 2013, at the age of 24 days. .

Monaghan later told police that he found Ruby in her Moses basket not breathing and a sudden death investigation was launched.

But a post-mortem examination by a pathologist concluded that Ruby had died of acute bronchopneumonia.

Mr. Smith told the jury that the pathologist was “wrong”, claiming that Ruby did not die of natural causes, but because her father had deliberately obstructed her breathing.

Monaghan denies three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of cruelty to a child, all between January 1, 2013 and October 24, 2019.

The trial was postponed and the prosecution continued on Wednesday.

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