Tanilla Warrick-Deaves.
Tanilla Warrick-Deaves. NSW POLICE

Accused killer says he stopped CPR when child's ribs cracked

IT COULD be at least another week before a jury decides the fate of accused child killer Warren Ross.

The step-father of toddler Tanilla Warrick-Deaves has been on trial since last week.

Neighbours have told the court they witnessed Mr Ross yelling and hitting Tanilla in the weeks leading up to her death.

In a police interview, recorded the day Tanilla was hospitalised with serious head injuries, Mr Ross denied ever having hurt the child.

Asked if he claimed to be a perfect parent Mr Ross replied "f*** no" but stressed that other than one occasion when he hit Tanilla on the hand, he had never laid hands on her.

He said she misbehaved "every day" but that her punishment was usually being asked to walk laps around the room.

Police allege Tanilla was left in her pram for almost two days before her parents phoned 000 to say she wasn't breathing.

Mr Ross told police Tanilla had been "snoring" in her bed just hours before her mother noticed was something wrong.

He claimed he tried to perform CPR on Tanilla until help arrived and only stopped when he heard her ribs cracking.

An autopsy revealed bruising to Tanilla's head, buttocks and legs.

Mr Ross denied causing any of the injuries and claimed they could have been the result of a trampoline accident or two separate falls - when Tanilla allegedly climbed up a set of drawers and when she fell and hit her head on a floorboard.

Tanilla's mother is expected to take the stand next week.

The trial continues.