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Bleeding in eyes of baby said to have been killed by father caused by ‘extraordinary’ event

PUBLISHED: 16:38 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:41 06 December 2017

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Bleeding found around the eyes of a six-month-old baby said to have been killed by her father would have had to be caused by an “extraordinary” event, a court has heard.

Officers were called to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, after Milana Guzas was admitted with suspected head injuries on February 26, 2016.

She was transferred to Addenbrookes’s Hospital in Cambridge, where she died on March 2 last year, after her life support equipment was turned off when it became clear she could not be revived.

Arunas Guzas, 40, is accused of shaking his daughter or causing her head to strike one or more surfaces, leading to her death.

Guzas, of Greenland Avenue, King’s Lynn, has denied manslaughter.

Giving evidence via videolink at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday (December 6) Dr John McCarthy, a consultant at Cheltenham General Hospital and ophthalmic pathologist specialising in the eyes, confirmed that bleeding was found in both eyes including around the retinas and optical nerves.

Dr McCarthy, who examined multiple samples of each eye, said the bleeding had taken place “at least three days before the child had died”.

He said the distribution of the bleeding found in Milana’s eyes, particularly relating to the optical nerves, was consistent with that found in cases involving babies, infants or small children who had either suffered “head impact trauma” or “head movement trauma”.

Dr McCarthy was asked by Karim Khalil QC, prosecuting, whether the defendant’s account, during police interview, that there was “gentle shaking” with very little force, could explain the extent of the bleeding found.

Dr McCarthy said that account was inconsistent with the damage he had seen in the eyes.

He said: “The extent of the damage is too extreme for an event that has been described as gentle or mild in degree.”

Dr McCarthy said the bleeding found in the eyes could not be put down to “day to day events”.

He added: “In essence an extraordinary event has to have taken place.”

The trial continues.

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