A man today denied killing a toddler by banging his head hard on a kitchen floor.
Jonathan Simpson is accused of murdering 22-month-old Jacob Marshall while the child's mum was at the hairdressers.
He is alleged to have inflicted multiple injuries, including a "catastrophic brain injury" at Jacob's home in Belsford Way, Speke.
Simpson, of no fixed address, but from Winsford, Cheshire, denies murder and manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court.
The 25-year-old has said he left Jacob in the living room watching a Disney movie and went in the back garden for a cigarette, after his girlfriend Emma Marshall went out.
He says he heard a "metallic bang" and found Jacob "unresponsive" at the bottom of the stairs, so asked a neighbour for help with CPR.
Simpson admits initially lying about Jacob falling off a sofa because it would look like "bad parenting" to say he let him fall down the stairs.
John Benson, QC, prosecuting, said Miss Marshall left at around 3pm and Simpson called an ambulance at 3.47pm, after speaking to neighbour Stephen Forster at around 3.40pm.
He said Simpson told jurors that after his girlfriend left he went and rolled a cigarette and smoked it, which took five or 10 minutes, then heard a bang.
Mr Benson said there was half an hour between 3.10pm and 3.40pm and asked Simpson "to tell this jury what really happened". Simpson replied: "What happened is the account that I've given."
Simpson said he didn't go straight out for a cigarette and was first "sat with the baby", which he hadn't told the jury because "I didn't get asked".
In a prepared statement he gave police, Simpson said he thought it was 3.10pm or 3.15pm when he rushed inside.
Simpson told the jury he didn't wear a watch and hadn't checked his phone, so this was "an estimate".
Mr Benson said: "If your estimate is right, there's a big gap isn't there?" "Yeah," Simpson replied.
The prosecutor suggested Simpson did something to Jacob that left him "very seriously unwell" and unresponsive.
Simpson denied this, or that he had his "fingers crossed" hoping Jacob would come round, so "delayed doing anything".
He denied that he saw Mr Forster arrive home before going outside and that if he hadn't have seen him, he wouldn't have called an ambulance.
Simpson said "I still would have called it at the same time" and didn't ring 999 immediately because he "panicked".
Mr Benson said: "Can I suggest the reaction of somebody panicking, seeing a 22-month-old toddler unconscious, who you thought and you told the jury had fallen down the stairs, would be to get medical help?"
Simpson replied: "And I did."
He denied thinking "what am I going to say about this?" before he rang 999 and told the operator Jacob had fallen down the back of the sofa and hit his head on a radiator.
Simpson told the court "I said what had happened", before conceding Mr Benson's point that he actually told the operator "what didn't happen".
Mr Benson said his initial claim was "nonsense".
He suggested Simpson did everything to protect himself, not Jacob, "a 22-month-old toddler who was critically ill".
Simpson agreed he first told anyone Jacob fell down the stairs when he text a police officer the next day.
In the text, he said: "I only said he fell off the couch because I didn't want to look like a bad parent who wasn't watching him."
Simpson denied he had been keen to go back to Winsford or was getting "frustrated" because he wanted to get money owed from a friend then go see his dog, which lived with his son's mum.
He previously told the jury Jacob was walking around the house looking for his mum when she left, but today denied the child became upset and wouldn't stop crying, or that this made him angry.
He denied ever seeing any bruises found on Jacob's penis, which Mr Benson suggested wouldn't have been caused by falling down stairs.
Simpson said he didn't know how that happened and denied that he "pinched" Jacob's penis "a few times".
Mr Benson said: "It was a nasty reaction to him crying and crying." "No," Simpson replied.
Simpson denied attempting to make his lie that Jacob fell down the back of the sofa "more credible" by putting a teddy behind the sofa, which Mr Benson said could be seen on a photo.
He accepted that when a paramedic told hospital doctors Jacob was said to have fallen off the sofa and banged his head on the radiator, he mentioned a computer tower also being there.
Simpson denied this was him giving a different explanation, because a fall from a "very little height" onto a radiator "wasn't going to wash".
He said he found Jacob lying on his back at the bottom of the stairs with a foot in the gate, didn't touch him, and went straight out to get help.
Simpson said he returned and moved Jacob to the kitchen – on a rug – because that was where his phone was on charge, which he needed to ring 999.
He denied that when he left the kitchen to get a better phone signal, he went into the living room.
Mr Benson said Simpson told the jury that before the incident, he left Jacob with a bottle of juice in the living room, but photos only showed a bottle in the kitchen.
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The barrister said: "Jacob suffered his injury in the kitchen, didn't he?
"You changed his nappy in the kitchen, didn't you, on the rug? And he was wailing and crying. And you pinched his penis didn't you? Before you put his nappy on. And he still cried, probably cried even more. Acutely painful."
"No," Simpson repeatedly said.
Mr Benson said: "How did he get the bruise to his left ear?" "I'm not sure," said Simpson.
The prosecutor said: "You hit him and that's the truth isn't it?" "No," Simpson replied.
Mr Benson said: "And then you banged his head on the floor, didn't you?" "No," Simpson said.
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The barrister said a paediatric pathologist Dr Jo McPartland gave evidence about Jacob's subdural haemorrhage brain bleed and retinal eye haemorrhages.
He said she gave examples of the force required to cause his eye bleeds, such as "a high velocity car crash, falling from several storeys, or a substantial impact to the head".
Mr Benson said: "Did you shake Jacob and bang his head hard on that kitchen floor?" "No," Simpson said.
"You did, didn't you." Simpson replied: "No."
The barrister asked why he told paramedics Jacob had cried for two minutes before becoming unresponsive.
Simpson said: "Dunno."
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Mr Benson asked: "Well what was going through your mind to tell that lie?"
Simpson replied: "Dunno, I was just panicking."
Mr Benson said: "Or was he crying for two minutes after you banged his head?" "No," Simpson said.
The prosecutor continued: "…before the injury overwhelmed him. Is that what happened Mr Simpson?"
"No, that's not what happened," Simpson replied.
"Hmm," said Mr Benson.