A lady inflicted “horrible accidents” on her child daughter and squeezed her to demise, a jury has been informed.
Seven-week-old Edith Langley sustained 33 fractures, with just about all of her ribs damaged, Preston Crown Court docket heard.
Prosecutors say the kid’s mom, Laura Langley, 37, from Blackpool, Lancashireis accountable and the hurt precipitated to Edith was “not a one-off”.
Timothy Cray KC, prosecuting, stated Langley known as 999 simply earlier than 4am on Friday November 20 2020 and stated her daughter was not respiration.
Paramedics had been on the household residence in Belgrave Street, Marton, inside minutes and took over chest compressions.
Edith was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital however couldn’t be revived and was declared lifeless at 4.43am.
Mr Cray stated: “On the time, and within the days that adopted, the defendant was saying that Edith’s demise was sudden and, to her, unexplained and inexplicable.
“The furthest she went by way of her personal accountability was to place blame on herself for consuming on Thursday night time and into the Friday morning.
“The autopsy proof means that, sadly, these accounts from the defendant had been unfaithful as a result of Edith had died from horrible accidents.
“Nearly all her ribs had been damaged, with fractures to the again, entrance and the aspect of Edith’s ribcage.
“The opinion of the pathologists who carried out the examinations of Edith’s physique was that 30 of those fractures had been precipitated within the hours instantly earlier than demise by extreme compressive – or squeezing – drive being utilized to her ribs.”
Mr Cray stated the specialists additionally concluded that the remaining three fractures – cracked ribs – had been older and precipitated two to 4 days earlier than demise.
He stated: “It was not a one-off.”
The prosecutor added: “We are saying that the defendant carried out a critical assault on Edith within the days earlier than and, later, she carried out a second and deadly assault of the identical form.
“She died and we are saying that’s homicide.”
No issues for Edith’s welfare had been raised by professionals, whereas Langley’s mates and neighbours had been underneath the impression she was an excellent mom, the court docket was informed.
Mr Cray stated it’s clear from textual content messages despatched by the one mom within the hours main as much as Edith’s demise that she “actually needed grownup firm”.
He added: “She was asking individuals to come back to the home and she or he actually needed to drink.”
She stated in a message to 1 pal that Edith was “driving me nuts right now” and “gained’t be put down”, and informed one other: “It’s simply so laborious. I’m drained however can’t relaxation.”
One other pal responded to her request for alcohol and dropped off a bottle of wine, the court docket heard.
Later evaluation of the defendant’s blood confirmed she was successfully twice the drink-drive restrict at concerning the time she known as the emergency companies, Mr Cray stated.
After Edith’s demise, Langley stated nothing to docs, police or mates that will clarify the accidents that had been later discovered, the prosecutor stated.
However she went on to inform the kid’s father she had been on the sofa and fallen asleep with Edith on her chest, jurors heard.
After being arrested on suspicion of homicide in March 2022, Langley informed detectives she could have rolled on to her daughter in her sleep.
Medical specialists have rejected any unintended clarification for Edith’s accidents, Mr Cray informed the jury.
Langley denies homicide and has additionally pleaded not responsible to youngster cruelty between November 14 and November 20 2020.
The trial is estimated to final between two and three weeks.