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UK News Paramedic foster mum ‘killed baby she was adopting after losing her temper in fit of rage’

15:10  26 february  2020
15:10  26 february  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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a person walking down a street: Sarah Higgins (centre) is accused of inflicting devastating brain injuries on the baby she was adopting. (SWNS) Sarah Higgins (centre) is accused of inflicting devastating brain injuries on the baby she was adopting. (SWNS)

A paramedic foster mum killed the baby she was adopting after "losing her temper" in a fit of rage before pretending the child fell from her knee, a court has heard.

Sarah Higgins, 42, is accused of inflicting devastating brain injuries on ten-month-old Skyla while caring for the baby at home.

Higgins dialled 999 and told the operator Skyla had slipped from her arms while being fed and fallen to floor on to her bottom.

However, the paramedic is accused of causing the fatal injuries after losing her temper and subjecting the baby to a "non-accidental violent action".

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a group of people walking down a street: Higgins denies manslaughter of the baby girl. (SWNS) © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Higgins denies manslaughter of the baby girl. (SWNS)

Jurors were told the child's injuries were the type consistent of a child falling from a first-floor window.

Higgins appeared in the dock at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday charged with manslaughter at the start of of a five-week trial.

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The court heard Higgins and her husband Martin Dobson, both paramedics, were in the process of adopting Skyla when she died on August 26, 2017.

Jurors heard a recording of the 999 call Higgins made from her home in Huddersfield, in which she told the operator that the baby was unconscious and unresponsive

Higgins told the operator that she had been struggling to feed her and dropped the child onto a carpeted floor from a low height as she tried to turn her around.

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' She was still alive but struggling to breathe,' he recalled. Another daughter rushed to get help from neighbours who were A&E doctors and some in the military. Paramedic Jon Cross said Abby had been 'flatlining' despite attempts to save her and there had been extensive blood loss.

The defendant claimed Skyla had landed on her bottom or lower legs and did not strike her head during the fall.

a city street: Higgins appeared in the dock at Leeds Crown Court charged with manslaughter at the start of of a five-week trial. (Wikipedia) © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Higgins appeared in the dock at Leeds Crown Court charged with manslaughter at the start of of a five-week trial. (Wikipedia)

Skyla was rushed to hospital where she underwent a scan, which revealed bleeding and swelling on the brain.

Prosecutor Richard Wright QC said there were also bruises on the baby's arm which could not be explained by the defendant.

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He added that doctors found evidence of bleeding to her eyes, which indicated a severe trauma.

Mr Wright QC said the baby's injuries clearly indicated Higgins killed Skyla in a violent assault.

Skyla, who suffered devastating brain injuries, died at Leeds General Infirmary two days later.

Mr Wright told the jury it was the crown's case Higgins had experienced a "loss of temper".

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He added: "Regrettably, that unlawful action caused Skyla's death and so we say that defendant is guilty of manslaughter."

Higgins denies manslaughter.

The trial continues.

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