Baby boy’s body had 34 injuries

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A baby at the centre of a Sheffield murder trial was covered in bruises, cuts and grazes when pathologists examined his body, a court heard.

Consultant pathologist Charles Wilson told Sheffield Crown Court he found skull fractures and 34 external injuries to Kadan Beaumont’s face, mouth, head, legs and arms in a post-mortem examination.

His father Michael Beaumont, aged 28, of Pitsmoor, denies the 11-month-old’s murder.

Medical experts for the prosecution said their findings led them to conclude Kadan died as a result of impact trauma.

Mr Wilson said: “The fractures were caused by heavy impact to the left of his head.

“There was a large band of bruising over the scalp which could be the result of multiple impacts.

“It means that the infant’s scalp has impacted on something, or something has impacted on the infant’s scalp.”

The defence says Beaumont’s dog Mia had knocked Kadan over at his home in Chapel Street, Hoyland, Barnsley, prior to his death.

While Mr Wilson could not rule out a fall leading to the head injuries, there was no sign of ‘brush abrasions’ in certain areas which would be consistent with such an incident.

He said: “There were no grazes to the back of the scalp, legs or front of face.”

Kadan’s mum Helen Barnes, aged 27, a teaching assistant at Whiteways Primary School, Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, denies cruelty to a child by neglecting to seek medical assistance.

The trial continues.