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Millie Martin
Birth: Sep. 5, 2008, Northern Ireland
Death: Dec. 11, 2009
Enniskillen
County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

OBITUARY: Millie Martin of 16 Glebe Park, Enniskillen, passed away on December 11, 2009 aged 15 months. Dearly loved daughter of Rachael. The Funeral will leave the home of her grandparents, Noel and Margaret Graham, "Bellvue", Ardess, Kesh on Friday (December 18) at 1 p.m. for a Service at 1.30 p.m. in Ardess Parish Church. Interment to follow in Sydare Cemetery.
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Millie Martin was born on September 5, 2008, she was just 15 months old and defenceless when her life was brutally ended. She died on December 11, 2009, at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children from head injuries after a savage assault by Barry McCarney who was the live in boyfriend of her mother. Her case was one of the most shocking murders in Northern Ireland's recent history.

Before her untimely demise she was happy, playful and adorable, little Millie Martin brought so much joy to her family. The first year of Millie's life had been normal and unexceptional. She had started walking by her first birthday.

However, everything changed when she came into contact with McCarney when he moved into the home a couple months before. Millie turned from a happy and outgoing child to being frightened by every thing around her. She became afraid of her own bed and she did not like her house anymore. She would cry every time they would pull up to the house. In the mornings, instead of playing with her toy mouse Mimsy, Millie just lay in bed. She became terrified of McCarney and became very clingy to her mother. Her mother not realising the true character of McCarney, trusted him completely in leaving him alone with Millie. He had fooled the young mother who doted on her daughter who was her whole life.

In the weeks before her death, Millie suffered horrific injuries including bruising to her face and body, a burnt finger and 21 fractured ribs which some of them were old. She was also sexually assaulted. On the night of December 10, 2009 her mother went out to by some food and left Millie in his care and when she returned 20 minutes later they were not at home. She got a phone call telling her to go to the hospital quick. Millie was rushed to Erne Hospital where CCTV images of McCarney is seen with lifeless Millie in his arms. By the time her mother arrived it was already too late, Millie was already brain dead. What happened in the home on that night may forever remain unknown. The nurses became suspicious of her injuries and described them as being related to a car accident and a fatal blow to the head which would have caused instant blindness. Millie was transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and placed on life support. The following day, December 11, Millie Martin was taken off life support and was pronounced dead. McCarney was arrested and questioned, denying he had anything to do with her death. He did not convince detectives and, four days later, appeared at Omagh Magistrate's Court charged with Millie's murder.

On December 4, 2012, after the jury deliberating for just three hours, they unanimously found McCarney guilty of grievous bodily harm and sexual assault. He will spend many years in prison, years which little Millie Martin was cruelly denied.

May precious little Millie be in peace where she will have no more pain and tears. She can now be in a place where she can be herself again and be happy like she was once before. 
 
Burial:
Sydare Cemetery
Irvinestown
County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
 
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Record added: Dec 30, 2012
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