Single mom crushed her 9-week-old baby to death to silence her cries with such force that her ribs cracked
The court also heard how the mother, 33-year-old Abigail Palmer, had tested positive for cocaine while she was pregnant
A court, on Thursday, heard how a single mother crushed her nine-week-old baby to death while she was trying to silence the child's cries. In the process of doing so, the mother ended up fracturing six of the newborn's ribs.
The 33-year-old mother, Abigail Palmer hailing from Solihull in the West Midlands, was accused of crushing the chest of her baby Teri-Rae. Jurors at the Birmingham Crown Court were informed how the baby passed away on January 2 in 2017.
The court also heard how Abigail had tested positive for cocaine while she was pregnant and was also facing the possibility that Teri-Rae may be taken into care, stated a Daily Mail report.
Some of little Teri-Rae's ribs were discovered to have buckled while others had just snapped like toothpicks. Jonas Hankin QC who was opening the trial shared, "Significant force is required to cause rib fractures in a baby. The presence of rib fractures in a baby of this age is indicative of deliberate injury."
"The presence of multiple unexplained rib fractures on multiple occasions, as here, is highly indicative of abusive injury. The prosecution case is on each occasion the defendant, Abigail Palmer, inflicted these injuries on her baby by forcefully compressing her chest, most likely to silence her crying," Jonas continued.
BIRMINGHAM woman Abigail Palmer stands trial at Birmingham crown court accused of the Manslaughter of her 9 week old daughter Teri-Rae 7/3/19 https://t.co/Pg83p9ZChN— SnapperSK OFFICIAL (@snappersk) March 7, 2019
Teri-Rae was born on October 24, 2016, and was made the subject of a child protection plan, stated Birmingham Live.
The court heard that Palmer denied ever harming her baby Teri-Rae and also insists that the baby was never out of her sight. According to post mortem tests, jurors heard how the baby had suffered from multiple fresh rib fractures which "at least contributed to her death." The court further heard how the baby was left struggling to breathe and ended up dying of asphyxia.
Prosecutors also alleged that the older injuries which were found on Teri-Rae had also been caused by Abigail. Jonas Hankin further added, "Teri-Rae was in the defendant's sole care when she suffered multiple rib fractures on the morning of January 2, 2017. No one else can be responsible. It is a coincidence that the forceful compression of Teri-Rae's chest, which is likely to have caused fresh fractures, is the same mechanism likely to have caused the older injuries."
A mum with a history of drug and alcohol abuse killed her two-month-old daughter by crushing her chest, a court was told. It was likely Abigail Palmer, from Solihull, had inflicted the injuries on Teri-Rae to stop her crying, Birmingham Crown Court heard. https://t.co/fVP7EWjIpx— Solihull Updates (@SolihullUpdates) March 8, 2019
"The prosecution says you can be sure that Abigail Palmer inflicted the older injuries as well, The Sun reported. There was no evidence of bone disease which may have made the bones more susceptible to fracture. All of the fractures occurred through forcible compression," Hankin shared. Jurors were also made aware of a report by medical expert Professor David Mangham which stated, "The fractures were due to non-accidental injury."
At 37 weeks of being pregnant, Palmer had to be brought in to Birmingham's Heartlands hospital as Teri-Rae had stunted growth. She was born weighing 4lb 7ozs on October 25. Hankin shared, "It was decided that the unborn baby should be subject of child protection plan and such a plan was put in place."