Eye expert speaks in baby case

BLEEDING at the back of child's eye was caused by shaking, an eye specialist told a crown court jury.A consultant ophthalmologist was giving evidence at the trial of a couple accused of child cruelty.

BLEEDING at the back of child's eye was caused by shaking, an eye specialist told a crown court jury.

A consultant ophthalmologist was giving evidence at the trial of a couple accused of child cruelty.

Carly Morris, 18, of Burrell Road, Ipswich, and Luke Sims, 19, formerly of Kingdom Avenue, Prickwillow, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, both deny four charges of child cruelty.

Sims also denies two charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm on the child within intent and an alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.


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Evidence about the eye bleeding was given by Dr Simon Hardman-Lea, who is a consultant at Ipswich Hospital.

He told how he had examined the eyes of the child and examining the back of the right eye, he found several haemorrhages at the back of the eye, on the surface of the retina, he said.

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It would not have affected vision or have caused pain, said Dr Hardman-Lea.

He added: "There are only two documented causes of haemorrhaging in a child of that age. The first is a major problem of clotting and the second is shaking injury."

Blood tests had shown there was no clotting. The blood was normal.

Dr Hardman-Lea said: "In my opinion, they were caused by shaking injury."

The trial continues.

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