Bruising seen in photos of 10-month-old baby shown to jury

The jury has been shown photographs of bruises on the face and body of a 10-month-old baby who was allegedly violently shaken by her childminder.

Bruising seen in photos of 10-month-old baby shown to jury

The jury has been shown photographs of bruises on the face and body of a 10-month-old baby who was allegedly violently shaken by her childminder.

Sandra Higgins (aged 34) of The Beeches, Drumgola Wood in Cavan denies causing serious harm to the infant at her home on March 28, 2012.

As books of photographs were distributed to members of the jury, prosecuting barrister Sean Gillane said: "These aren't pleasant but it's agreed they're necessary".

The baby's parents left court as consultant paediatrician Alan Finan gave evidence that the photos illustrated the large bruises on both sides of the infant's forehead which he said were associated with a significant underlying swelling.

Mr Finan, who examined the child in 2012, said there were also bruises on her ear, over each cheeckbone and several on her body along with scratches on her left leg.

The court's heard childminder Sandra Higgins brought the baby into hospital in March 2012 because it was having a seizure.

She is now accused of having shaken the baby. The trial continues.

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