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Alleged child killer bailed

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A Melbourne man who allegedly murdered a two-year-old in 2005 has been granted bail.

The 37-year-old, who cannot be named, was charged over the two-year-old girl’s 2005 death in May this year.

He was granted bail with strict conditions and a $50,000 surety on Friday.

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His release came after a Victorian court considered a range of issues, including that he had been assaulted while in protective custody.

Police say the man was in a relationship with the toddler’s mother at the time she died.

A babysitter claimed the children were scared and watchful of him, the court heard.

A coronial inquest in 2013 revealed the toddler had been unwell and unable to walk before she stopped breathing in her mother’s arms at a western suburbs cafe on May 13, 2005.

She was taken to a medical centre but could not be revived.

An autopsy revealed widespread soft tissue damage and injuries consistent with being stomped on, the court heard on Friday.

The man knew he was a suspect but continued to cooperate with authorities when requested, the judge said.

He had been assaulted a number of times in jail since he was charged, despite being in protection.

His trial is still a long time away and will likely be delayed.

While on bail he will live with family, where he will have a curfew and must report to police daily.

He is due to return to court in February.

– AAP

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