Coffs mother accused of shaking infant son

A COFFS Harbour mother is facing charges after allegedly shaking her infant son and causing him brain damage.

The woman, whose name has been kept anonymous, has been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm over the alleged 2014 incident.

The case remains before the NSW District Court, with Judge Peter Whitford outlining the accusations in a judgment on admissible evidence this week.

The baby boy was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital in July 2014 with seizures which gave him a "floppy head and neck", his eyes rolling back in his head, twitching arms and legs and high-pitched screaming followed by an unusual cry, Judge Whitman said.

He was transferred to John Hunter Children's Hospital in Newcastle and diagnosed with retinal haemorrhages suggestive of a non-accidental, shaking-type injury.

Further scans revealed bleeding on the brain, particularly at the upper-back part of the skull.

A whole body scan did not reveal any bone fractures or damage.

"In this condition, severe retinal haemorrhages and subdural haematomas are found often accompanied by fractures to the posterior ribs," Judge Whitman said.

"The absence of rib fractures does not rule out this condition."

Judge Whitman said the child was now enrolled in a brain injury rehabilitation program.

The case continues. -ARM NEWSDESK



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