Gold Coast Bulletin Meagan Weymes 13 April 2015
A FATHER accused of murdering his four-month old daughter at his Surfers Paradise home has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court. Shayne Robert Quinn, 27, appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday for a committal hearing, charged with the murder of his daughter in September, 2013.
Police will allege Quinn was at his Surfers Paradise apartment with his baby daughter while his partner was out when the murder occurred.
The baby’s 26-year-old mother was charged with child cruelty and in October last year was committed to stand trial in the Brisbane District Court.
Forensic pathologist Dr Dianne Little told the court the baby had numerous factures of varying ages including 20 fractured ribs and a fractured left arm and leg.
“There was other more subtle injuries around her face, a number of bruises and abrasions, which in conjunction with some haemorrhaging into her lungs, raises the possibility that she may have suffered a form of asphyxia, known as smothering,” she said.
Dr Little said the individual injuries would not have caused the baby’s death but said the rib fractures could have caused difficulty breathing.
She said it was possible the abrasions and bruising to the face could have been caused by an adult hand covering the baby’s mouth while it had a dummy in.
On cross examination barrister David Shepherd asked Dr Little whether CPR attempts or the baby lying on her stomach could have caused the baby’s death.
“Babies often sleep face down with a dummy and they don’t die,” she said.
“It’s rare to see one or two fractures as a result of CPR let alone 20.”
Dr Little said she did not believe the CPR attempts, SIDS or any obvious natural diseases were the cause of the baby’s death.
Detective Sergeant Troy Quinn said the defendant told police the baby had been dropped and that his wife was absent at the time during his second interview with police.
Sgt Quinn said he was given advice that the charge should be one of murder once police found out the injuries were “far more horrific” than originally thought.
Following the cross-examination of the five witnesses Mr Shepherd consented for his client to be committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.
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