Monday 19 February 2018

Couple charged with baby killing weep in dock

Shenai Raif and Margaret Davis

A young couple wept in the dock of the Old Bailey today as they were accused of killing their baby son.

Jayden Wray was four-and-a-half months old when his life support machine was switched off on July 25, 2009.

His father, Rohan Wray, 22, and mother, Chana Al-Alas, 19, of Islington, north London, sobbed as the jury was told they were accused of murder and of causing or allowing his death.

Sally Howes QC, prosecuting, told jurors: "It is the Crown's case that those responsible for his death are his parents.

"Clinical investigation into the cause of his collapse revealed a number of injuries - some recent and others pre-dating his admission to hospital by quite some time.

"These injuries suggested to doctors treating him that Jayden had sustained them as a result of either a shaking or shaking/impact assault."

Jayden had been born a normal baby when his mother was aged 16 and his father 19.

On July 22 2009, Jayden was admitted as an emergency to University College Hospital and placed on life support.

Within hours, his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Despite efforts to save his life, he was considered so severely brain damaged that his condition was "incompatible with life", said Miss Howes.

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