A MUM “snapped” before shaking her six-month-old daughter to death as her crying kept her husband up at night, a court heard today.
Ravinder Deol, 35, allegedly acted out of “pure frustration” when she killed the “incredibly small” baby girl in Aylesbury in 2016.
Reading Crown Court today heard baby Ravneet had suffered major health problems after being born prematurely – but was “thriving” at the time of her death on April 3, 2016.
Her mother has denied charges of manslaughter.
Prosecuting, Jane Bickerstaff QC told High Court judge Mrs Justice Whipple and the jury: “Though her age was six months, had she been born at full term she would have been 11 weeks rather than a six month old. She was also incredibly small.
“There is no suggestion that the defendant meant to kill her child, or cause really serious harm to her. Looking at the circumstances you may well conclude she snapped.
“She snapped because Ravneet was crying, she snapped out of pure frustration of the situation.”
She said that on the day of Ravneet’s death, her partner was sleeping after a 12-hour nightshift when he received a phone call from Ravinder just before 4.30pm telling him to “come quickly” as there was something wrong with the baby.
He told the jury: “I could tell from her voice that there was something seriously wrong. I saw Ravinder holding Ravneet against her, she was crying.
“There was no movement in Ravneet’s face. Her eyes were slightly open, her colour wasn’t right, her mouth was slightly open and to the side.
“I called 999 and started CPR.”
She snapped because Ravneet was crying, she snapped out of pure frustration of the situation
Jane Bickerstaff QC
The jury heard paramedics and police arrived within seven minutes of the call and were told that Ravneet had been in her Moses basket while her mother went into the kitchen to prepare milk.
Deol then claimed the little baby was unresponsive when she returned.
But three days later, a procedural post-mortem examination discovered bruising to the skull on both sides, the jury heard.
Ms Bickerstaff said: “Evidence emerged that Ravneet had been forcibly shaken and had likely received blows to each side of the head.”
Deol had been on maternity leave from her work as a nursery assistant at the time.
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The jury heard the mother admitted she had “started shaking” the baby when she was questioned by police but the officer didn’t pick up on what she said.
It wasn’t until September 2018 that she was ultimately charged.
The trial continues.
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