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Baby was shaken violently, court told

By Brian Farmer

A baby suffered brain damage when shaken "violently" while being cared for by a couple who were friends with her mother, a family court judge has heard.

Doctors feared that the little girl – who is now 15 months old but was less than eight weeks when injured – might be left unable to see, move or speak as a result of her "terrible" injuries, Mr Justice Moor was told.

The judge said the couple, who lived in Swansea and had a child of their own, had "lied". And he said he was unable to say who had hurt the baby girl but either the man or the woman had "snapped". He said both knew what had happened and one had tried to cover for the other.

Details of the case have emerged in a written ruling by the judge following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Moor said no one could be identified but named a local authority involved as the City and County of Swansea.

The judge said he had been asked to make a "fact-finding" ruling to help council social workers make decisions about who should care for the couple's child – who had been taken into temporary foster care.

He said there was evidence that the baby had been screaming at around the time she was hurt and would not settle.

"One of these two (people) snapped," said the judge.

"It was a momentary loss of control that was totally out of character for both of them. The (one) who lost control shook (the baby) violently."

The judge urged the couple to "come clean".

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