Jury hears of 14- week- old baby’s death Man­slaugh­ter trial

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE trial of a man ac­cused of fa­tally in­jur­ing a new­born baby girl then al­legedly ly­ing about it has started in the Townsville Supreme Court.

A jury heard yes­ter­day that Mark Al­bert Shoe­smith, 30, had pleaded not guilty to the ma n s l a u g h t e r o f t h r e e - m o n t h - o l d R o s e - M a r i e Wil­liams.

The Crown opened the case by telling the panel that from the out­set it was al­leged Mr Shoe­smith’s ac­tions had re­sulted in the death and there was a strong sug­ges­tion the fa­tal in­juries were from non-ac­ci­den­tal cause.

The 14-week-old in­fant died five days af­ter the de­fen­dant and the child’s 17-year-old m o t h e r , K i m b e r l e y Wi l l i a m s , p r e s e n t e d a t Proser­pine hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 9, 2007 with head in­juries.

R o s e - Mar i e wa s t r a n s - ported to Townsville Hos­pi­tal the same day but five days later her life sup­port was switched off due to ex­ten­sive brain dam­age.

Mr Shoe­smith’s ac­count to po­lice of how the in­fant got her in­juries was that af­ter a

a bot­tle-feed on Sun­day morn­ing, she hit her head on a cof­fee ta­ble and con­crete floor when she ac­ci­den­tally fell from be­tween his legs while he was sitting on the couch.

But the crown said it would al­lege the de­fen­dant hit the child in the head or hit her head against an ob­ject and that there was an el­e­ment of shak­ing as well.

The court heard med­i­cal ex­perts would give ev­i­dence in the trial that would claim the baby had in­juries to the eye that were con­sid­ered more or less in con­junc­tion with a shak­ing in­jury. ‘‘ You will form the view that he had lied and this is no ac­ci­dent – that’s the is­sue in this trial,’’ the pros­e­cu­tor said.

Ms Wil­liams’ mother Sue Wil­liams claimed in her ev­i­dence that Mr Shoe­smith had given her two dif­fer­ent ac­counts of how Rose-Marie was fa­tally in­jured.

The first ex­pla­na­tion he had given was at the hos­pi­tal the day the baby girl was ad­mit­ted.

‘‘ We asked how it hap­pened and we were told she fell off the bed on Satur­day, early in the morn­ing,’’ Sue Wil­liams said. The court heard that on the fol­low­ing day, Mon­day, Mr S h o e s mi t h t o l d t h e child’s grand­mother that on the Sun­day morn­ing he had sat on the bed and the child had rolled down on to the floor.

Sue Wil­liams was tear­ful when asked about in­juries the baby had in the weeks prior to her death, in­clud­ing a bro­ken col­lar bone and a bruised cheek.

‘‘. . . She was a happy baby and had started to move around,’’ she said when a s ked a b o ut t he c hi l d ’ s de­meanour.

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