A dad has admitted being involved in the death of his three-month-old daughter.
Stephen Gallagher was arrested after the death of his baby girl Skylar Cowan Gallagher.
Gallagher, of Hepscott Avenue, Blackhall Colliery, was initially charged with her manslaughter.
During a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court the 35-year-old admitted a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child.
The admission was accepted by the prosecution.
Gallagher will be sentenced in November and was granted conditional bail in the meantime.
The charges follow an investigation sparked after the emergency services were called to a house at 5.20am on Friday, June 27.
Paramedics found the tot was not breathing and had no heartbeat.
The baby was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, but she could not be saved.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, detectives and scene of crime officers were sent to the house as an inquiry was launched.
Gallagher was later arrested and charged with Skylar’s death.
An inquest has been opened and adjourned into her death by the coroner’s office in Crook.