Childminder on trial for hospitalising baby

A professional childminder has gone on trial accused of violently shaking a ten month old baby girl.

Childminder on trial for hospitalising baby

A professional childminder has gone on trial accused of violently shaking a ten month old baby girl.

34-year-old Sandra Higgins of The Beeches, Drumgola Wood, Cavan denies intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the infant at her home on March 28, 2012.

Registered childminder Sandra Higgins is accused of violently shaking a ten month old baby girl in her care.

The jury has heard that the infant was hospitalised in March 2012 with grave injuries including seizures, bruising to the head, and bleeding around the brain.

The baby was brought to Cavan General by the childminder who denies assault.

Opening the prosecution's case barrister Sean Gillane said the baby's parents had previously noticed bruises on their daughter after being in the care of Sandra Higgins.

The jury's heard the medical experts called by the prosecution and the defence will essentially be divided as to whether the baby's injuries were inflicted or accidental.

The parents of the 4 year old girl cannot be named because of a court order stopping the child from being identified.

They gave evidence that in June 2011 they were happy to hire Sandra Higgins, a mother of two, as a childminder for their daughter who was weeks old.

The father said everything seemed grand at first but by the following February he noticed bumps and bruises on his daughter's head more and more frequently and by March he felt it was time to change their childcare arrangments.

The court heard on March 28th the mother was informed by Sandra Higgins that their ten month old baby was in hospital.

The infant suffered seizures, had bruising and was unconscious when her father arrived.

The prosecution alleges the injuries are consistent with a violent shaking – Sandra Higgins denies assaulting the child.

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