A Birmingham magistrate has gone on trial along with his ex-girlfriend, accused of killing her two-year-old daughter.
Rashpal Chana, 49, and his ex-partner, Eva Logina, 25, are jointly charged with manslaughter after the death of her daughter, Kristiana Logina.
The jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard on Wednesday how the toddler died after she was burned in the shower by her mother and left to die.
Chana, of Dibble Road, Smethwick, and Logina, of High Street, Smethwick, both deny manslaughter on February 15 last year at the house they shared in Tennal Road, Harborne.
Logina also denies a further charge of child cruelty between February 2009 and February 2010.
Timothy Raggatt QC, prosecuting, told how the toddler suffered 10 per cent burns to her body when she was held under a scalding hot shower which could have reached a maximum of 58 degrees.
Her mother and Chana applied creams and bandages to her wounds but never took her to be assessed and treated by medical professionals.
The court was told that had they sought medical treatment, the toddler’s life could have been saved.
Mr Raggatt told the jury that Kristiana was injured between 10 days and a fortnight before her death and eventually died in the paediatric intensive care unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
He said: “It seems likely that the direct cause may very well have been the application by a shower head unit or extremely hot water.
“The nature and extent of the injuries that she sustained were such that it would have been, or should have been, instantly apparent that she required urgent medical treatment.”
Chana has been a JP in Birmingham for 17 years and although he remains on the Bench, has stepped down during the police investigation.
Mr Raggatt said Logina, who is from Latvia and came to the UK in 2007 when she was pregnant with Kristiana, initially put her up for adoption after her birth, which led to her being in foster care for a short period.
“It’s one of the awful tragedies of this case that her death was completely avoidable and, had she received medical treatment at or around the time of those injuries, she would have survived,” Mr Raggatt added.
The trial is expected to last about three weeks.