When she learned that her 7-month-old daughter had been in an accident, Emma Cosgrove begged her husband to take their baby to the hospital. His refusal to do so guaranteed that Lily Cosgrove would never recover from her injuries.
Now, he’s going to jail.
Later that day, Cosgrove again left his daughter unattended — this time on her changing table — while he went to throw away a diaper. Lily again rolled off, and when Cosgrove returned she was lying on the floor making a “funny sound,” her eyes “flickering.” Instead of seeking medical help, however, Cosgrove took another nap.
According to 9 News, when Cosgrove awoke, he found Lily unresponsive and tried unsuccessfully to wake her up. He then took his daughter to his mother-in-law’s house for a birthday party. In a phone conversation with his wife, he mentioned their daughter’s fall and condition. Though Emma pleaded with him to take Lily to the hospital, he refused and returned home.
Now aware that her daughter was in danger, Emma Cosgrove rushed home and called an ambulance. Sadly, it was too late. According to Kidspot, emergency personnel told the distraught mother that Lily had suffered a fatal brain injury.
Lily later passed away at the hospital.
Following Lily’s death, Cosgrove was arrested and charged for his role in her accident. His defense attorneys claimed that his judgement was impaired by a depressive disorder and that he was simply too immature to care for his daughter.
However, that defense didn’t carry much weight with the judge. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, Cosgrove was sentenced to seven years in jail.
According to The West Australian, Justice Jenkins told Cosgrove in court that his criminal negligence was the reason for his imprisonment:
“Lily was only seven months old, she was unable to protect herself from danger. Your first duty was to the child, not to yourself. It was morally and legally wrong not to seek treatment for her.”
The judge went on to say that she wasn’t persuaded by Cosgrove’s show of remorse. That sentiment was echoed by the family of Lily Cosgrove, who shouted at him as the sentence was handed down.
Nor is Emma Cosgrove ready to forgive the man who was supposed to be protecting their daughter.
According to The West Australian, Emma read a statement outside of the courthouse in which she said that no sentence would ever be long enough for her:
“I am so sorry to hear that her dad didn’t look after her and protect her like a real dad should. Lily was denied a life from her dad and now we can’t see her smile.”
The grieving mother mentioned her sadness at never being able to hear her daughter say, “I love you,” or watch her grow up:
“I can only pray Lily is happy and safe and we’ll be together again when it’s my turn.”
Cosgrove will be eligible for parole in five years.