Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Two QCs from No5 Barristers’ Chambers are representing each side in the courtroom in a manslaughter trial over the death of a two-month-old baby.
Jonas Hankin QC is acting for the prosecution in the trial of Abigail Palmer, 33, who is accused of squeezing the chest of daughter, Teri-Rae, with such force that she fractured six ribs causing the baby's death from asphyxia.
Teri-Rae died on January 2, 2017 - nine weeks after being born weighing 4lb 7ozs on October 24, 2016. She had been the subject of a Child Protection Plan which imposed strict conditions on her mother, including banning her from using drugs or alcohol.
Palmer, of Redfern Close, Solihull, is being represented by Michael Burrows QC. She has denied manslaughter and two further charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Palmer had tested positive for cocaine during her pregnancy and was also facing the threat of Teri-Rae being taken into care.
The court heard that Palmer denies harming Teri-Rae and insists that the baby was never out of her sight.
The trial continues.