Doctor in trial of Great Yarmouth father accused of killing son says baby was ‘injured by someone’

Kevin Toye at Norwich Crown Court who has been charged with the manslaughter of his son Baylee Varle

Kevin Toye at Norwich Crown Court who has been charged with the manslaughter of his son Baylee Varley. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A doctor told today how he thought a sick baby rushed to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston was 'injured by someone'.

Baylee Varley was less than a month old when the prosecution allege he was forcibly shaken by his father Kevin Toye, leaving the child with brain damage, rib fractures and effectively blind, Norwich Crown Court heard.Following his admission to hospital on February 23, 2008, Baylee remained in a vegetative state until his death on March 18, 2014. A post mortem on the six-year-old indicated that the death was caused by complications with the head injury he received as a baby.Kevin Toye, 28, of St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth, has denied the manslaughter of his son.Giving evidence, Dr John Chapman told how Baylee had been rushed to hospital, after he was found pale and floppy.He said the parents told him Baylee had vomited and been hot and sweaty in the night and when the father went to see him in the morning he found Baylee pale and floppy and gasping for air.Dr Chapman said that the hospital carried out tests to see if there was any infection and also sent the child for a CT scan which showed there had been bleeding and swelling to his brain, which could be a sign of 'shaken baby syndrome'.He said that further tests were carried out and Baylee also started to have seizures and was transferred to the intensive care unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.He said it was also discovered that Baylee had suffered rib fractures and Dr Chapman concluded: 'On the balance of probability he could have been a victim of non-accidental injury. I thought he had been injured by someone.' In cross-examination by Simon Spence, defending, he agreed Toye had shown concern for his son.•The trial continues