Kimberley Hainey trial: Toddler death reason 'unclear'
Published: 23rd Nov 2011 13:58:09
The trial of a woman accused of murdering her 23-month-old son has been told that no-one knows why he died.
Pathologist Dr Claire Evans was giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow, where Kimberley Hainey is on trial.
Under questioning, Dr Evans admitted there could have been a number of "natural causes" for Declan's death.
Ms Hainey, 37, of Johnstone, Paisley, denies murdering the child, concealing his body and pretending he was alive to avoid a police investigation.
The court heard that Dr Evans is a consultant paediatric and perinatal pathologist at Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow.
Dr Evans and another pathologist, Dr Julie McAdam, carried out a post mortem examination on Declan after his body was found in his cot at his home in Bruce Road, Paisley, on 30 March 2010.
He had been dead for months and his body was mummified.
With a child under 18 months it could come under sudden death syndrome”
Dr Evans told advocate depute Andrew Stewart QC that there was evidence that Declan had been fed prior to his death.
Toxicology reports showed that there were no drugs in the toddler's system.
Dr Evans was asked by defence QC Edward Targowski: "You just don't know what the cause of death was?" and she replied: "That's correct."
Mr Targowski added: "There would have been a number of natural causes that could have led to Declan's death that because of decomposition you could not be clear about?"
Dr Evans replied: "That's correct... meningitis, inflammation of the heart, pancreatitis - the list is very long."
Dr Evans was then asked: "It could well be there was a rapid infection that caused rapid death," and she replied: "It's a possibility."
Mr Targowski asked: "You may be left with a dead child and you can't say how he died?"
Dr Evans replied: "With a child under 18 months it could come under sudden death syndrome."
Mr Targowski then added: "There is a part of medicine that recognises this happens?" and she said: "That's right."
Dr Evan was then asked: "It is possible that a mother could put a healthy baby down to sleep and wake up and find the child has died?"
She replied: "In theory it is possible."
Mr Targowski then said: "In practice as well. It does happen," and Dr Evans said: "Yes."
Ms Hainey, is accused of assaulting, wilfully ill-treating and neglecting her son Declan over a 19-month period between 1 September 2008 and 30 March last year.
The Crown has charged her with either murdering her son or alternatively of neglecting him by failing to provide medical care for him whereby his physical and psychological development were impaired.
It is alleged that she left her son alone and unattended in the house for excessive periods of time, left him in wet and soiled nappies for excessive periods of time, caused him to be exposed to heroin and amphetamine, caused him to ingest these drugs and failed to provide medical aid and care for him.
The Crown also alleges that Ms Hainey pretended that Declan was alive in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice between 1 July 2009 and 31 March 2010.
She is also accused of possessing heroin and supplying heroin to Greg Irving in Renfrew, on various occasions between 25 December 2009 and 31 March last year.
She denies all the charges against her.
The trial before Lord Woolman continues.
At 13:01:37 in HeadlinesThe National Union of Teachers' conference is to vote on Saturday on plans for a classroom walk-out in England and Wales this summer term.
At 12:57:28 in EnglandA man armed with a pickaxe has raided a jewellers in Guernsey, making off with diamond rings and necklaces.
At 12:54:07 in HeadlinesSouth Korean officials have said the recovery operation after Wednesday's ferry disaster may take two months.
At 12:46:25 in EnglandSunflowers are being planted in a North East borough to remember soldiers who lost their lives during the Great War.
At 12:44:48 in WalesTwo local historians have launched a World War One-related app to reveal the experiences of the people of Llanidloes in Powys in the conflict a century ago.
At 12:33:23 in WalesRoughly a month from now Wales will be voting in the European elections, beginning a two-year period when polls of one sort or another will come relatively thick and fast.
At 12:31:45 in SportLiverpool's title bid is "ahead of schedule", the owner of the table-topping Premier League club has said.
At 12:25:38 in SportMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton admits he starts Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix as strong favourite after qualifying on pole position.
At 12:18:51 in Northern IrelandTwo cars and two homes have been damaged in an arson attack in Banbridge, County Down.
At 12:14:40 in EnglandOne man has been left with head injuries and another with knife wounds in two separate assaults in Liverpool.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2011. Kimberley Hainey trial: Toddler death reason 'unclear' [Online] (Updated 23rd Nov 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/204759/Kimberley-Hainey-trial-Toddler-death-reason-unclear [Accessed 19th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
An 87-year-old man who fell off a pier into the sea as he rode his mobility scooter has died.
Two local historians have launched a World War One-related app to reveal the experiences of the people of Llanidloes in Powys in the conflict a century ago.
Former BBC presenter Derek Cooper, who founded long-running radio show The Food Programme, has died aged 88.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
Two cars and two homes have been damaged in an arson attack in Banbridge, County Down.