Baby’s injuries ‘not consistent’ with a fall

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A paediatrician has told a jury that injuries caused to an 11-month-old baby boy were not consistent with him having fallen down steps.

The doctor was giving evidence in the trial of Michael Beaumont, who is accused of murdering his 11-month-old son Kadan.

Beaumont, aged 28, from Pitsmoor, Sheffield, told police his son was knocked down some steps by the family dog the day before he died from bleeding on the brain caused by skull fractures.

But the prosecution say he inflicted the fatal injuries on his baby son.

He denies murder.

Giving evidence for the prosecution at Sheffield Crown Court, the doctor said the child’s injuries were not consistent with a fall.

The medic told the jury: “I would expect a single impact on a bony surface, not multiple impacts on the soft tissue of the face and neck.

“There were too many impacts, and the position of the impacts on multiple different surfaces on the child’s head is not consistent with an accidental fall down steps.”

The doctor said the presence of two fractures to the skull implied there had been two impacts.

She added it would be very rare to see two fractures from one impact unless it had been on the vertex of the skull.

Beaumont told police he failed to take his son to hospital because he texted his partner, Kadan’s mother, Helen Barnes.

He claims she told him Kadan would be alright and to give him Calpol.

The couple were living in Chapel Street, Hoyland, Barnsley, at the time.

Barnes, who works as a teaching assistant in Sheffield, denies cruelty to a child by neglecting to seek medical assistance.

The trial continues.