Monday 26 February 2018

Mum threw baby down 44ft rubbish chute, court told

Nick Britten

A six-day-old baby girl who was thrown down a 44ft rubbish chute by her mother survived despite hitting the bottom at 32mph, a court has heard.

The girl suffered injuries akin to being in a car crash without wearing a seat belt after falling from the fifth floor of a block of flats. The baby hit a large metal plate on the way down after her mother, Jaymin Abdulrahman (25), threw her down the metal waste pipe, the jury was told.

The baby was found in a communal rubbish area on the ground floor wrapped in a headscarf-like material and surrounded by broken pieces of her Moses basket.

She was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital where doctors found five skull fractures and severe brain injuries. After months in intensive care, the baby survived.

Andrew Smith QC told the court that after the incident, Iraqi-born Ms Abdulrahman tried to claim that the baby had been kidnapped by strangers.

But the court heard police had found no evidence of a struggle when they searched her flat. Mr Smith also said she had told psychiatrists in recent interviews that she was the one who had dropped the baby down the chute after suffering severe post-natal depression.

He told jurors: "The prosecution case is that by dropping her baby down the rubbish chute Jaymin Abdulrahman was attempting to murder her daughter."

Mr Smith said the police found Ms Abdulrahman's fingerprints on bin bags containing pieces of her daughter's Moses basket.

'CRUCIAL'

He said the case would hang "on the defendant's state of mind in those crucial moments" around the incident, in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

Mr Smith said the girl and her parents were visited by a midwife a few days before the incident, adding: "Both parents appeared to interact well with the girl and there were no medical concerns."

Ms Abdulrahman denies attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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