City worker, 44, yelled ‘my baby’ after ‘shaking four-week-old to death and told docs she had ‘no idea’ what happened’.
Sanders searched for ‘Shaken baby syndrome NHS’, ‘Shaking babies’ and ‘baby is shaking’ on her phone on August 27, 2017 – six days before Eva’s death, the Old Bailey has heard.
Shortly before 2.40am on September a an emergency call was made to the London Ambulance Service by a neighbour who lived in the same block of flats in Mitcham, south London.
The mother was banging on her door screaming: “My baby, my baby,” while little Eva was on her back in just a nappy.
Eva was rushed to a hospital in south London as paramedics tried to treat her.
She was pronounced dead shortly before 7am on September 2, 2017.
A post-mortem gave the cause of death as ‘traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.’
Jurors were told Sanders and Vaitkevicius had been drinking on the night Eva was attacked.
Giving evidence the doctor who examined Eva in hospital told the court that the injuries were likely “caused by some sort of force”.
Dr Nick Prince said that the parents seemed “upset” and Sanders began “asking lots of questions” when he spoke to them after at the hospital.
I think it would be most consistent with a traumatic injury because there is bleeding in multiple compartments of the brainDr Nick Prince
Tom Little, prosecuting, asked the witness: “This type of bleeding would generally be consistent with what type of injury?”
The doctor said: “I think it would be most consistent with a traumatic injury because there is bleeding in multiple compartments of the brain.
“A traumatic event, caused by some sort of force.”
The prosecutor asked: “In relation to the history you had been given by the family, was there any account or report of any traumatic event?”
“There was not, no. There was a report of some sort of shaking episode some days prior, but certainly we didn’t have a story that would explain the blood from a traumatic event,” said Dr Prince.
“My memory and also referring back to my notes, I remember Thomas being very quiet, looking down a lot.
“I did take care to check he understood my English well, which he confirmed, but quiet, withdrawn and mostly looking downwards.
“Claire being understandably and visibly upset and stressed, asking lots of questions but also showing that she understood the seriousness of the situation in terms of Eva’s healthcare position.”
Sally O’Neill defending Sanders, said both parents were “visibly upset and tearful throughout the meeting”.
“She (Sanders) said she had no idea what had made her (Eva) so ill,” the defence barrister added.
Forensic pathologist Dr Virginia Fitzpatrick-Swallow said there was evidence of a “gripping” injury, which jurors were told rarely arises from “accidental” trauma.
“It’s an injury I’m concerned about,” the doctor said.
Mr Little has told jurors Eva had been “violently shaken on at least three separate occasions in the early weeks of her very young life.”
He added: “There are no viable alternative perpetrators. No one else living in the house who could have killed Eva.
Nor are there any realistic, viable alternative explanation for Eva’s death.”
Sanders and Vaitkevicius, from Mitcham, both deny murder and an alternative count of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable child.
The trial continues.