Kimberly Barrett death: Baby's brain injury 'worse than car crash'

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A 10-month old girl who was allegedly attacked on Christmas Day had brain injuries worse than those seen after road accidents, a court has heard.

Kimberly Barrett died in hospital in 2011, four days after she was violently shaken or slammed down by James Hunt, 30, the prosecution has alleged.

The Exeter Crown Court jury was told the injuries could not have been caused by a fall or other accident.

Mr Hunt, of Pellinore Road in Exeter, denies murder.

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I have not seen such a bad brain injury from any kind of accident or from a road accident”

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The court heard Kimberly became ill and then lost consciousness within 24 hours of being left alone with Mr Hunt while her mother Hayley Bradshaw went to visit a neighbour who was spending Christmas Day alone.

Consultant paediatric radiologist Dr Marcus Likeman, who examined her X-rays and scans, said: "I considered these to be non-accidental injuries.

"If a child had fallen or been dropped accidentally on its head on a hard floor, the bleeding would only be in one place.

"The combination of injuries occurs when a child is shaken, but this is a controversial area, partly because you could never perform an experiment.

"This is a pattern of non-accidental injuries which might be from shaking.

"I have not seen such a bad brain injury from any kind of accident or from a road accident."

Kimberly was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and transferred to the Bristol Children's Hospital where she died on 29 December.

The trial continues.

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