Mum 'murdered her six-week-old boy by shaking him so hard he suffered catastrophic brain injuries'

Mum 'murdered her six-week-old boy by shaking him so hard he suffered catastrophic brain injuries'

A mum, Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28, allegedly murdered her six-week-old son by shaking him so hard he suffered catastrophic brain injuries, a jury has heard.

Chelsea called for an ambulance and said son Malakai Watts was not breathing but doctors discovered his cardiac arrest was most likely allegedly caused by a 'non-accidental injury'.

He was rushed 10 miles from her flat in Hythe, Hampshire, UK to Southampton General Hospital on February 2, 2019 but died four days later after he was taken off life support.

A jury was told how Malakai was 'grey from head to toe' when police arrived at the two-bedroom flat.

On Tuesday, June 15, Chelsea, appeared at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, where prosecutor Sally Howes QC explained the cause of death was recorded as 'head injury'.

Examinations also revealed he had suffered eight rib fractures.

Prosecutor Ms Howes said: "He was born one of twins on December 25, 2018, the son of defendant Chelsea Cuthbertson and her partner Dell Watts.

"Following a cardio respiratory collapse on February 2, 2019, Malakai was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. Following an initial assessment he was placed on the paediatric intensive care unit.

"On February 6, 2019, when following the decision to withdraw life support, he died. An extensive post-mortem investigation identified findings consistent with traumatic head injury.

"The key mechanism was some form of shaking, possibly with some form of impact.

"The post mortem investigation also identified eight rib fractures, one of which is clearly older than all the others and therefore must have been sustained on an earlier occasion."

Ms Howes told the court that post mortem investigations pointed to Malakai having been shaken while being squeezed.

Neuropathologist discovered several internal haemorrhages which were described as being commonly found following a 'shaking' incident

Ms Howes added that the rib fractures, coupled with the other findings, 'all starts to dovetail in together' to suggest a shaking incident caused the injuries.

She told the jury the force needed to inflict these injuries would have been 'well in excess of a normal day to day play with the child, even during rough play'.

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