Police: toddler Tanilla was whipped weeks before her death
CHILD safety officers were told two-year-old Tanilla Warrick-Deaves had been whipped for more than 30 minutes just weeks before she died, a Sydney court has heard.
The disturbing allegation is one of many being made before a jury in the trial against the toddler's accused killer Warren Ross.
Police allege Mr Ross committed a series of acts of violence against Tanilla which culminated in a final blow to the head at Wyong on the NSW Central Coast two years ago.
Tanilla, whose body is buried at Ballina where her father lives, was allegedly repeatedly assaulted for soiling herself.
Neighbours have told the court they saw and heard Mr Ross yelling and assaulting Tanilla.
On one occasion, Paul Coker allegedly heard the sound of Tanilla screaming and repeated whipping.
He said he could hear Mr Ross scolding her and whipping with something that sounded like a belt for between 30 to 35 minutes before her mother said "enough".
Mr Coker and his wife reported the incident.
The court heard that a couple of days later, two caseworkers from the Department of Community Services attended the house and spoke to Mr Ross and Tanilla's mother before leaving about 20 minutes later.
On Wednesday, Wyong resident Carly Knight told the court that she too had made a report after witnessing an alleged incident in the street.
She said she had seen Mr Ross yelling at Tanilla before hitting her so hard that she flew through the air.
She only recognised the child as Tanilla when she read a newspaper report about her death two weeks later.
The prosecution has alleged that in her short life, Tanilla was regularly beaten with power cords and forced to run laps around her home until she tired.
On the day Mr Ross is accused of striking the fatal blow in the family bathroom, Tanilla was allegedly in trouble for failing to put chickens back in a cage.
She was allegedly left in her pram for two days being she received medical attention.
The trial continues.