Baby Millie 'brain dead' at hospital

Published Thursday, 04 October 2012
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The trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-partner's infant daughter has heard that baby Millie Martin was already brain-stem dead as consultants, doctors and nurses fought to save her young life.

Baby Millie 'brain dead' at hospital
Barry McCarney is accused of murdering the baby girl in December 2009. (© John McVitty)

The Dungannon Crown Court trial was also told that consultants were so concerned about the injuries found on the 15-month-old, they decided to contact the police and Social Services.

Baby Millie was first taken to Co Fermanagh's Erne Hospital in a lifeless state. She was then transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children where she later died from severe injuries to the brain.

She was also found to have serious spinal injuries, plus older rib fractures.

Her 27-year-old mother Rachael Martin, from Main Street, Kesh, and her 33-year-old ex-partner, Barry Michael McCarney, of Woodview Crescent, Trillick, face charges arising from her death on 11 December, 2009.

McCarney is accused of murdering the baby girl, and is further charged with sexually abusing her and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Martin, aged 27, is charged with failing to protect her daughter from the unlawful act that caused her death and with wilfully neglecting her in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

Both accused deny the charges against them.

On Thursday, the senior consultant anaesthetist at the Erne, Dr Matt Cody, said that in his opinion the toddler was brain-stem dead within a short time of being rushed to the hospital's A&E department by McCarney.

Dr Cody told the jury of nine men and three women of "stabilising" baby Millie so she could be transferred to the only intensive care unit in Northern Ireland for children, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

But, he confirmed by that stage there was neither any improvement nor deterioration in her condition.

"After that time there was no change, other than manipulation of her blood pressure... there was no change in her condition".

The trial continues.

© UTV News
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