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Teenager faces trial over baby death

A teenager is to stand trial accused of killing a five-day-old baby boy.

The 17-year-old is alleged to have caused the death by assaulting his heavily pregnant partner, causing her to suffer placental abruption.

Prosecutors claim that as a result, the baby was born on the day of the attack and was so severely injured that he died five days later in hospital.

The teenager denied a culpable homicide charge during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

The assault on the baby's mother, who was 36 weeks pregnant at the time, is said to have occurred on 3 November at a number of addresses in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

'Blunt force trauma'

The indictment includes claims the 17-year-old did "kick her on the stomach" as well as chase her and cause her to "flee and fall"

It is also alleged he did "repeatedly inflict blunt force trauma on her head and body".

He also faces other allegations relating to assaulting the woman between January and November 2016, and behaving in a threatening manner towards her and another woman.

The 17-year-old, the baby and his mum cannot be identified for legal reasons.

His trial was set to begin in September.

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