Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bulletin: Malcolm Ricketts; Ontario; Child abuse trial: Father’s role in maiming baby not proved, defence says. Decision July 27. Toronto Star.

STORY: "Child abuse trial: Father's role in maiming baby not proved, defence says," by reporter Peter Small, published by the Toronto Star on July 19, 2012.

GIST: "There are too many unanswered questions about what caused catastrophic injuries to a 3-month-old baby to send her father to jail, his lawyers say. The Crown has not proven baby Heaven Hammond-Ricketts’ injuries were caused by a human hand, and even if they were, it has not proven the father, Malcolm Ricketts, 22, was the cause, a judge was told Thursday. As Stanford University radiology professor Patrick Barnes reported, when reviewing Heaven’s records, it cannot be assumed her caretakers were responsible for her injuries, defence lawyer Haiyun Wong argued in her final submissions. But prosecutor Laura Bird said medical evidence from several doctors — including child abuse expert Michelle Shouldice at the Hospital for Sick Children — shows Heaven was the victim of trauma inflicted on at least two occasions in 2010. “She was violently shaken, resulting in a brain injury that immediately caused her to be lifeless,” Bird said. And Ricketts’ reported hair-trigger temper and evidence indicating he abused the child’s mother, Christina Hammond, point to him as the perpetrator, she told Ontario Superior Court Justice Bonnie Croll.........The judge has reserved her decision until July 27."

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