Jury hears of baby injuries

AN Ipswich jury has heard the details of the injuries a baby suffered just hours before his death.The panel of five women and seven men had already been told of the frantic attempts by neighbours, paramedics and hospital staff to resuscitate the four-week old infant.

AN Ipswich jury has heard the details of the injuries a baby suffered just hours before his death.

The panel of five women and seven men had already been told of the frantic attempts by neighbours, paramedics and hospital staff to resuscitate the four-week old infant.

Now they have had to listen to a pathologist's findings and how little Luigi Mills was examined after he was allegedly murdered by his father, Duncan Mills.

Consultant Forensic Pathologist Doctor Nat Cary told Ipswich Crown Court that Luigi died because bleeding from his head and stomach injuries would have resulted in “a collapse of his circulation”.

He said the baby had bruising on his face and legs which was consistent with “smacking” and “grabbing”.

Doctor Cary said Luigi also had abdominal bruising which was probably caused by “blunt force impact” to the front of the baby's body like an “anvil crushing effect”.

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He said the shaking probably caused bleeding to the brain which was the other cause of death and he added that the injuries had happened within an hour of Luigi's death.

Doctor Cary said there were no neck injuries and the broken front ribs could have been caused during resuscitation attempts.

He added that the “slapping” type bruising could have happened by the baby falling against a “row of fingers” shaped item rather than from being struck.

Doctor Cary concluded that there was no natural disease or birth abnormality which could have contributed to Luigi's death. He said the injuries were typical of “shaking” and “slapping” forces.

He said: “It is fair to say it must have taken more than the forces of every day handling including rough handling or we would see much more of these types of injuries.”

Mills, 32, of London Road, Ipswich has denied murdering his son at Lanercost Way on May 26 last year. He also denies assaulting his former girlfriend and Luigi's mother Samantha Askew, 23, causing her grievous bodily harm on the same date.

Mills claimed that he pushed Miss Askew and she fell on the baby and caused his injuries.

The trial continues.