Lincolnshire mum wept as court hears partner allegedly shook her baby to death
A Lincolnshire mum whose daughter was allegedly shaken to death by her partner wept in court as she relived events in her toddler’s final days.
Sarah Bowmar, 28, arranged for her second child, 14-month-old Amelia, to be baptised in hospital as her condition worsened and her life support was switched off.
Amelia had been rushed from her Lincolnshire home to hospital after Miss Bowmar’s partner Darryl Elliott, of Stapleford, who had been babysitting, found her passed out.
He is on trial at Nottingham Crown Court accused of her murder, after he is said to have lost his temper with the toddler last July.
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The couple then lived at a two-bedroom privately-rented bungalow in Sandringham Drive, Sutton-on-Sea.
Ms Bowmar wiped away tears as the court heard yesterday Amelia was a smiley child, who did not kept her up at night, and seemed to be Elliott’s favourite out of her two daughters.
Recalling events at the hospital last July, she said: “Whatever they [the doctors] were giving, she should be waking up, and she wasn’t,” she sobbed.
A post mortem concluded the cause of Amelia’s death was a non-accidental head injury.
Experts who looked at her brain found two injuries - one that she died from and an older injury.
An examination of the eyes found abnormalities suggesting one recent episode of trauma and one old.
The brain experts concluded that this was likely to be a “shaking-like trauma”, said Yvonne Coen (cor) QC in her prosecution opening.
Elliott, 30, had allegedly given a number of different accounts about events leading up to Amelia’s death.
“This case concerns the tragic death of a baby girl,” Ms Coen had said.
“Amelia Bowmar was just over a year old when she died at the end of July 2012.
“Doctors say she had suffered a serious internal head injury. The injuries are of the type when seen when a baby has been shaken.
“The Crown say the defendant was responsible for the injuries that caused her death.”
She later added that “any carer will know that shaking a baby is a very dangerous thing to do”.
She went on tell the jury: “You may conclude that, in the grip of temper, when he was shaking her, he intended to cause her really serious harm.”
Elliott, who denies murder charges, was arrested at hospital, initially on suspicion of assaulting Amelia.
He had been looking after her alone on this particular day while her mother worked as a sales manager at Mablethorpe Chalet Park.
Elliott’s account of events leading up to him making the 999 call remained the same as it had to doctors and paramedics, say prosecutors.
He said he had just popped out for a juice, left Amelia on the sofa and returned to find her lifeless on the floor.
The trial continues.