A court heard how a father murdered two of his children while their mother was out of the room, then poisoned his next spouse with pills six years later.
Jordan Monaghan is accused of murdering his newborn daughter on New Year’s Day in 2013 and then killing his 21-month-old son eight months later.
He then attempted to murder a third kid, who has yet to be identified, before killing his new partner, Evie Adams, 23, in October 2019 with the prescription medicines tramadol and diazepam.
Monaghan denies all allegations.
Prosecutor Duncan Smith QC told a Preston Crown Court jury on Wednesday, October 13 that both Ruby and Logan Monaghan experienced a ‘collapse’ but had recovered before the ultimate fatal incident.
Both had been seen by doctors in the days and months leading up to their deaths, but no major medical conditions were discovered other than the usual childhood ailments.
‘The prosecution argument is that Jordan Monaghan was responsible for his children’s collapses and, as a result, for Ruby and Logan’s deaths,’ Smith said.
‘The prosecution claims that Mr Monaghan intentionally and unlawfully restricted Ruby and Logan’s breathing.
‘The prosecution also claims that the defendant, Mr Monaghan, is responsible for the October 2019 murder of his then-partner Evie Adams.’
The court heard how Monaghan married Laura Gray, the children’s mother, in 2008, and that Logan was born in November 2011 and Ruby was born in December 2012, both of which were normal pregnancies and births.
Monaghan, on the other hand, had a gambling addiction and was thousands of pounds in debt, with Miss Gray threatening to leave him, according to the court.
Ruby, who was a week old at the time, was taken to the local hospital’s Accident and Emergencies ward with thrush and was discharged the same day.
Her GP saw her five days later for an infection in her fingernail.
Miss Gray was upstairs three days before her death when Monaghan called her down, saying Ruby was ‘breathing strange,’ according to the court.
The baby’s lips were pale and blue, so an ambulance was dispatched, and she was transferred to the hospital for observation for two nights.
Ruby was diagnosed with a ‘brief stop in her breathing,’ and experts later diagnosed her with early bronchiolitis, but she improved and was discharged on December 31 without any treatment.
The defendant downstairs awoke Ruby’s mother in the early hours of New Year’s Day, yelling, ‘You need to get down.’ Ruby doesn’t appear to be breathing.’
As Monaghan administered CPR on his daughter, an ambulance was dispatched.
She was taken to the hospital by paramedics and diagnosed with cardiac respiratory arrest.
She did not regain consciousness and died at 2.45 a.m. on New Year’s Day, 2013, at the age of 24 days.
Ruby died of acute bronchopneumonia, according to a post-mortem study conducted by a pathologist. Monaghan later told authorities he noticed Ruby in her Moses basket not breathing.
Ruby did not die of natural circumstances, according to Mr Smith, but rather because her father purposefully impeded her breathing.
Between January 1, 2013 and October 24, 2019, Monaghan is accused of three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts of cruelty to a child.
The trial will resume on Wednesday, October 13th.