New­born’s in­juries ‘sus­pi­cious’

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Trauma suf­fered by a three­week-old baby, who died of pneu­mo­nia and sep­sis, was con­sis­tent with sev­eral phys­i­cal as­saults, a court heard.

Bai­ley Smyth-Os­borne had a frac­tured leg and bruis­ing to his head and pri­vate parts - in­juries de­scribed as “un­usual and sus­pi­cious” by con­sul­tant pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Uday Ku­mar.

Pathol­o­gist Dr Nathaniel Cary told a jury at Maid­stone Crown Court the new­born’s in­juries in­di­cated lev­els of trauma “be­yond rough han­dling”.

Par­ents Ma­rina Smyth, 21, and Michael Os­borne, 22, deny caus­ing or al­low­ing phys­i­cal harm to Bai­ley at their home, in Wal­ters Farm Road, Ton- bridge be­tween Novem­ber 16 and De­cem­ber 6 last year.

Dr Cary said Bai­ley’s head could have been hit with an ob­ject such as a hand or might have come into con­tact with an edge. He told the court: “A third party has been in­volved in some way.”

He sug­gested the “se­vere” break to the baby’s leg could have been caused by a twist­ing, yank­ing mo­tion or by be­ing swung by the feet.

Bai­ley’s in­juries were in keep­ing with phys­i­cal as­saults and were not the re­sult of a sin­gle act, he added.

Smyth, now of Ox­ford Gar­dens, Maid­stone, and Os­borne, now of By­brook Road, Ken­ning­ton, could not ex­plain how they hap­pened.

But Dr Cary said none of the in­juries con­trib­uted in any way to Bai­ley’s death, which was caused by pneu­mo­nia and sep­sis. The trial con­tin­ues.

Bai­ley’s par­ents Michael Os­borne and Ma­rina Smyth

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