After being released into the hands of her parents, a baby girl was slain
A 10 week old girl was allegedly murdered by her own parents less than a week after coming into their care, despite concerns from hospital staff, a court hearing heard.
Lily-Mai Hurrell Saint George died from a fatal head injury believed to have been caused by a violent shaking at the hands of Lauren Saint George and Darren Hurrell, both 25. The infant, who also suffered 18 broken ribs and a broken leg, was only left in the care of his parents for six days.
She was taken to North Middlesex Hospital with her injuries, which were related to alleged physical abuse, following an emergency call on January 31, 2018, a jury heard. But Lily-Mai, a 10-week-old baby, died two days later after being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Her parents are on trial at Wood Green Crown Court, where they deny murder, manslaughter, cause or permission for death, and child abuse. Attorney Sally O’Neill, QC, told the jury on Tuesday: “It is the matter of the Crown that these two defendants, Lily-Mai’s parents, were responsible for her death and that Lily-Mai suffered these fatal injuries shortly before. shaking vigorously Called 999 just six days after being released into their care.
The couple had been housed in an apartment in Duckett’s Green, north London, while the baby was still being treated at Barnet Hospital, having been born 31 weeks premature.
Social worker Theresa Ferguson, of Haringey Child and Family Services, was assigned to the case after concerns were raised about Saint George and Hurrell’s ability to care for Lily-Mai as parents. But a decision was made to let the baby go after Saint George pulled out of a meeting over “anger issues”, Ms O’Neill said.
“Nearly all of the professionals at the hospital objected to the baby being left in the parents’ home care and repeatedly expressed concerns about the parents’ ability to meet the emotional, developmental and physical needs of the baby. baby to the Cast Services company,” she said. “However, the decision was made to place the child in the care of her parents and the hospital had to accept it and deal with the situation in the best possible way.”
The process, which will last up to five weeks, continues.