A father who accidentally killed his daughter by dropping a television on her head has paid tribute to his "bright, clever girl". Skip related content
Related photos / videos Tribute to television tragedy girl Emily May Hughes, four, died on Christmas Day after a freak accident at her home the day before.
Her father Robert, a design engineer, did not know the little girl was beneath his feet as he struggled downstairs with a "heavy, deep, bulky," widescreen television. He stumbled into her and dropped the set, pinning her down.
Emily was treated at hospital but died from a "catastrophic brain injury" that stopped her pulse and blood pressure, an inquest at Liverpool Coroner's Court heard.
Issuing a statement from the family home in Coedpoeth, Wrexham, Mr Hughes and his wife, Louise, said: "Emily is part of a large, well-known local family here in Coedpoeth, her mother Louise has worked as a youth worker here for 10 years.
"We'd like to thank everyone for their support, including phone calls from round the world, flowers and cards. The funeral, on a date to be arranged, will be a celebration of her life. Emily was a bright, clever girl, well liked by everybody, caring and kind.
"She had a real talent for singing, and had done solos in the school concert just before Christmas. We will miss her, and will never forget her."
Coroner Andre Rebello recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Mr Rebello said: "This was a tragic accident and this will always be a difficult time in the future with every Christmas. It is every parent's worst nightmare for their child's funeral to take place before their own.
"I hope the family can recover from this tragedy and celebrate the joy of Emily's life. Emily will not have suffered and not have known about this injury. I pass on my sincere condolences to the family."