Baby died of head trauma; 'Not enough evidence to charge mum's partner '.
A BABY who died of a brain injury probably suffered a trauma in the care of her mother's partner, a coroner ruled yesterday.
Richard Williams had been arrested on suspicion of murdering 13-month-old Taylor Bromby, but the Crown Prosecution Service
Cardiff coroner Mary Hassell said that "on the balance of probabilities" the cause of Taylor's death was a trauma sustained in Mr Williams' care at their home in Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil (mûr`thər tĭd`vĭl), town (1981 pop. 38,893) and county borough, 43 sq mi (111 sq km), S Wales. Located on the Taff River, the town is connected to Cardiff by canal. It has ironworks and steelworks. while her mother Helen James was on a night out.
Ms Hassell said she could not return a verdict of unlawful killing In English law unlawful killing is a verdict that can be returned by an inquest in England and Wales. The verdict means that a death was caused by another person, without lawful excuse and in breach of the criminal law, in other words homicide. as she was not satisfied of the cause "beyond all reasonable doubt".
She told Taylor's family present at the inquest: "I know it's a very difficult thing for you to hear I'm satisfied to one standard of proof but not another."
The inquest had heard evidence from Mr Williams that he and Ms James had argued the evening before Taylor died and he had asked to look after her because he thought he would never see her again.
Later that evening the baby began vomiting vomiting, ejection of food and other matter from the stomach through the mouth, often preceded by nausea. The process is initiated by stimulation of the vomiting center of the brain by nerve impulses from the gastrointestinal tract or other part of the body. , became rigid and her eyes were rolling back in her head.
The coroner said she found Mr Williams' evidence inconsistent and she did not understand why he ran with Taylor to her grandparents' house nearby instead of calling an ambulance. She added that it was surprising he had then left the baby with her grandparents and returned home to Troedyrhiw, considering how unwell she was.
But she said: "Having said that, just because a person acts in a surprising way doesn't mean they are trying to cover something up, and memories may be confused."
Taylor was taken to hospital but died the following day on April 3, 2008, of swelling of the brain caused by a lack of oxygen. A post mortem [Latin, After death.] Pertaining to matters occurring after death. A term generally applied to an autopsy or examination of a corpse in order to ascertain the cause of death or to the inquisition for that purpose by the Coroner . also found bleeding around the brain and at the back of the eyes.
Ms Hassell said that while there was a "strong association" of these injuries with shaking or inflicted injury, it did not automatically mean that is what happened.
Dr Neil Stoodley had said the particular pattern of bleeding on the brain only resulted from trauma.
"He was of the view this pattern of bleeding was caused by shaking," Ms Hassell said.
Dr Richard Bonshek said the bleeding behind the eyes could only have been caused by trauma, but what had caused that trauma was unclear.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 10, 2009|
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