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Jury sobs over pics of dead baby.

Jurors wept yesterday as they saw photos of a dead baby's bruised body.

Tiny Cheryl McQuillan was covered in marks from head to foot, a court heard.

Mum Yvonne Murray had allegedly repeatedly beaten the 13-month-old.

She'd also not fed Cheryl properly nor made sure the tot got adequate medical help, it was claimed.

And as details of Cheryl's injuries were revealed, Murray broke down in the dock.

The 26-year-old, who denies culpable homicide, had allegedly treated Cheryl cruelly from the day she was born.

Two of the pictures were withheld from the jury and judge Lord Hamilton warned them they would find the others 'very distressing'.

Murray, of Lennox Drive, Faifley, Clydebank, near Glasgow, has lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming Thomas McQuillan for the death.

Ambulance technician James Devlin, 37, said he went to a house in Fuller's Gate, Faifley, after a 999 call indicating a cot death.

He told the High Court in Glasgow he found a man trying to give the child the kiss of life on a bedroom floor.

Mr Devlin took over but he could find no sign of life from the child, who had turned blue.

He said: 'She was very small for her age. I thought she was only about six months old.'

The ambulanceman said he continued trying to revive Cheryl in the ambulance as she was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.

A medical 'crash team' was waiting, but they pronounced the baby to be dead on arrival.

Mr Devlin claimed Murray had told him Cheryl had a cold and was put to bed a few hours before the ambulance arrived.

And he claimed that, in the ambulance, Murray kept asking if the girl was going to be all right.

The trial continues.
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