Medics give evidence in South Yorkshire murder trial

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JURORS in the trial of a South Yorkshire man accused of murdering his newborn daughter have heard from medics who spoke to him while the baby was receiving emergency treatment in hospital.

Mark Lackenby, aged 32, is charged with the murder of his five-week-old daughter, Ruby, while 31-year-old Gemma Coates, Ruby’s mum, is accused of perverting the course of justice by lying over what happened to the child.

Lackenby and Coates, of High Street, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, both deny the charges against them. The prosecution case against them is the baby had been assaulted before she died after she was found to have rib fractures and injuries to her scalp.

Dr Ross Cronin, of Barnsley District General Hospital, told jurors he was told the child woke up crying after a feed, went floppy in his mum’s arms and stopped breathing.