Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Baby's Injuries Likely ,Cyby Violence'

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Baby's Injuries Likely ,Cyby Violence'

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Byline: Roanne Johnson townsvillebulletin.com.au

SEVERAL of baby Rose-Marie Williams's injuries could have been caused by violent shaking and some were unlikely to be accidental, according to medical witnesses.

Three doctors from Townsville Hospital yesterday gave evidence at the trial of Mark Albert Shoesmith, 30, who is charged with one count of manslaughter against the three-month-old he claimed to be the father of.

Pediatric radiologist Dr Anthony Lamont assessed the infant's X-rays and scans after she was airlifted from Proserpine Hospital on December 9, 2007, with a C[pounds sterling]large skull fractureC[yen].

He said the head injury was not from a simple fall.

C[pounds sterling]It is a star-shaped fracture... due to some kind of blow,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]In order to get that extent of damage I would expect a very substantial amount of force.C[yen]

Her brain damage, seen on a CT scan, was claimed to be C[pounds sterling]the result of a swirling type injuryC[yen]' and could be due to C[pounds sterling]shaking-up of the brainC[yen], he said. …

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