A father has admitted killing his two-month-old baby daughter by violently shaking her
He was remanded in custody pending sentencing in November.
Ava was born on September 3, 2012 and was the first child for bin man Ray and his partner Lauren Scott.
Prosecutor Ashley Edwards QC said the couple had ‘arguments’ after the birth, mainly over who would do night time feeds.
The hearing was told that Ray initially claimed to police he had put Ava to sleep that night in her Moses basket. Ray added he later went to give her a feed, lifted the baby up and found her to be “unresponsive”.
Ray was looking after Ava while Lauren had gone to work at a local bar at 6.30pm.
No further details of the attack were revealed and Ray had no previous convictions at the time of the killing.
An hour later, he unsuccessfully tried to get his aunt to come over to ‘watch’ Ava while he went for a shower.
Around 10.50pm, Ray was then racing to a neighbour after claiming he had found his daughter to be ‘cold to the touch’.
Ava was rushed to Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children where tests revealed her brain had been ‘starved’ of oxygen.
She tragically died the next morning in November 2012 and the court heard it was concluded at that time there were ‘no apparent suspicious circumstances’.
Ava’s death was initially treated as ‘unascertained’ but a number of experts were consulted between 2014 and 2018 in an attempt to discover the truth.
Miss Edwards said: “Following protracted discussions, the medical consensus is now that the pattern of injury was caused by trauma.”
It was concluded Ava had died due to a ‘head injury’ but no further details of the attack have been released.
Ray had been held by police in October 2013 but was later freed and not charged with any offence.
The bin man first appeared in court in connection with his daughter’s death in March 2019.
He had no previous convictions at the time of the killing but Ray has since been guilty of two ‘domestic assaults’ on Lauren and it is not known if the couple are still together.
He had been accused of assaulting Ava on an earlier occasion and repeatedly attacking his partner.