A mum ‘killed her two-month-old baby by crushing her ribs so hard they broke while trying to silence her cries’, a court heard today.
Abigail Palmer is accused of pressing the chest of Teri-Rae with such force, that she ‘fractured six of her ribs’,
The Sun reported. Palmer, 33, of Solihull, West Midlands, denies manslaughter.
Birmingham Crown heard that Teri-Rae died on January 2, 2017 – nine weeks after being born weighing just 4lb 7ozs.
The jury were told that Palmer had tested positive for cocaine during her pregnancy and was facing the threat of Teri-Rae being taken into care.
She is alleged to have fractured two of the baby’s ribs the day before her death.
Some of the baby’s ribs were found to have buckled, while others had been snapped.
Prosecuting, Jonas Hankin QC, said: ‘Significant force is required to cause rib fractures in a baby.
‘The presence of rib fractures in a baby of this age is indicative of deliberate injury.
‘The presence of multiple unexplained rib fractures on multiple occasions, as here, is highly indicative of abusive injury.
‘The prosecution case is on each occasion the defendant, Abigail Palmer, inflicted these injuries on her baby by forcefully compressing her chest, most likely to silence her crying.’
Palmer denies harming Teri-Rae and insists that she never let the baby out of her sight.
Jurors were told that post-mortem tests revealed multiple, fresh rib fractures, which ‘at least contributed to her death’.
The baby had difficulties breathing and ultimately died from asphyxia, the court heard.
Prosecutors also allege that older injuries found on Teri-Rae were also caused by Palmer, who is on bail.
Mr Hankin said: ‘Teri-Rae was in defendant’s sole care when she suffered multiple rib fractures on the morning of January 2, 2017. ‘No-one else can be responsible.’
A report by medical expert Professor David Mangham was highlighted to jurors, in which he stated: ‘The fractures were due to non-accidental injury’, ruling out that Palmer had ‘inadvertently squashed’ Teri-Rae while asleep.
The trial continues.