Yorkshire paramedic accused of killing baby with ‘catastrophic brain injuries’ told court she ‘never ever hurt’ her – Yorkshire Evening Post

Foster mum Sarah Higgins, 42, is accused of inflicting catastrophic brain injuries on ten-month-old Skyla Giller while caring for the baby alone at her home.

However, Higgins has insisted Skyla "slipped from her arms" and fell from a low height, landing on her bottom - not her head.

The toddler was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary on the night of 24 August 2017 where doctors discovered a brain bleed and performed emergency surgery to save her life.

The court heard how doctors believed the tot suffered a significant injury which is unexplained.

During an interview with police on April 6, 2018, Higgins denied intentionally hurting Skyla and said the baby had not suffered any head injuries the evening of the fall.

The court heard Higgins had said: I have never, ever hurt [Skyla]. It never made any sense to me how and what happened.

We have been waiting for an answer wondering how this could happen.

I cant explain it. Its not like we were thinking of an explanation for all of this.

Ive been open from the start.

She added: When we got her it was the happiest weve ever been.

The court heard how Higgins was completely committed to adoption after going through eight rounds of IVF treatments.

But after they were unsuccessful, they decided to look into adoption.

The court heard how the couple spent a lot of time discussing adoption and how her partner, Martin Dobson, had reservations.

But Higgins told the officers adopting a baby was all I ever wanted.

Skyla tragically died of her injuries two days after the fall, but Higgins claimed there was no possible explanation for a spontaneous bleed in the brain.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers who interviewed Higgins after she was arrested questioned her version of events, after independent medical professionals claimed her version was inconsistent.

Prosecutor Richard Wright QC and Detective Constable David White, leading an inquiry team at West Yorkshire, reenacted the police interview held on 6 April 2018 for the court.

Mr Wright QC said: Her injuries are not consistent with falling from a low height.

At any point did you lose control of yourself? Were you angry that she had woken up?

Higgins denied ever being angry at Skyla, stating she would never, ever, be mad at the kids.

The court heard how Skyla was smaller for her age but otherwise completely healthy.

Child services noted at the time Higgins and Mr Dobson, had the perfect environment for a young girl to grow up in.

On 29 March 2018 PC Londsdale arrested Higgins at her home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire where she was cautioned.

During the subsequent interview she told officers they had been out in the park all day and when they got home they were singing nursery rhymes just hours before tragedy unfolded.

The court heard she told officers she knew something was wrong when Skylas arms were raised and she had a blank expression.

She told officers how Skyla was grouchy after playing so she placed her in a sleeping bag and put in her cot.

But the tot woke up and Higgins carried her and placed her on her knee.

She reaffirmed Skyla had fallen on her bum but that she caught her immediately and put her back in her cot.

She told officers Skyla had some blood in her mouth but she was more concerned with how her arms were posturing.

In the reenactment, the officers asked Higgins how Skyla came to have two bruises on her arm when she was admitted to hospital.

Higgins told them she didnt know how the bruises occurred but they werent from the day of the incident - as shed noticed the bruises two days before the incident.

She continued to claim Skyla was completely healthy and was uninjured in any way before she was dropped.

She denied intentionally hurting or shaking Skyla.

The court heard how the officers had mentioned two independent medical professionals had come to the same conclusion Skyla suffered a highly traumatic fall on her head.

But Higgins denied ever seeing Skyla fall on her head in any way, shape or form.

Officers then asked her how she accounted for the injuries, to which she said she had no clue.

But independent professionals who supervised Skylas case said Higgins version was an inconsistent explanation.

The court heard how investigators asked Higgins if she was ever angry and lost control.

Higgins, during the interview, said: No, Im never mad at the kids.

Higgins denies manslaughter.

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