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Baby murder-accused 'lashed out': Crown

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/06/2016
The child's name is suppressed, but she was known to Solomon. © Getty Images The child's name is suppressed, but she was known to Solomon.

The trial of a man accused of murdering a five-month-old baby in south Auckland who suffered "catastrophic head injuries" has begun.

Troy Solomon, 25, is charged with killing a baby girl who died in Pukekohe on August 7, 2014 after being found with a fractured skull and a broken leg.

The child's name is suppressed, but she was known to Solomon.

Crown prosecutor Aaron Perkins gave his opening address at the High Court in Auckland on Tuesday.

He alleged Solomon seriously assaulted the girl at a house where she suffered "catastrophic head injuries" as well as a substantial fracture to her femur bone.

"He was alone with a baby and for whatever reason he became sufficiently frustrated at her and lashed out at her, causing these injuries,"

Mr Perkins said. Solomon initially told emergency services the child died in a baby bath, that he left the room briefly and when he returned, the baby was under the water, Mr Perkins said.

He told police he pulled her out and tried to perform CPR, before calling 111, Mr Perkins said.

Emergency services tried in vain to save her, not realising she had suffered head injuries.

Solomon stuck to his story the next day, when confronted by police who by then knew from a post mortem the baby had died from head injuries.

When a senior officer pressed him, Solomon "paused and reflected" then told police he dropped the baby when pulling her from the bath, and did not immediately confess because he "was too much of a drop nuts", Mr Perkins recounted.

He told police he was stoned from smoking too much cannabis that morning, and the baby had slipped from his grasp.

However, Mr Perkins alleged Solomon had changed his story when he realised the drowning account wouldn't work, and he needed a new account to explain her injuries.

Mr Perkins told the jury a pathologist would present evidence to show the baby could not have suffered her injuries from being dropped in the way Solomon described.

She had suffered previous fractures and bruising to her body, as well as the injuries inflicted on the day she died.

"A baby cannot cause her own fracture," he said.

The trial is set down for three weeks.

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