The injuries an 11-month-old boy in Corner Brook sustained before dying in 2007 are consistent with shaken-baby syndrome, according to an eye doctor who testified Wednesday at a murder trial in western Newfoundland.
Jeffery Tippett, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tameron Rose.
Pediatric ophthalmologist Dorothy Bautista was called as an expert witness at Tippett's trial in Corner Brook. She examined the baby's eyes the day after he was sent to the Janeway Hospital in St. John's in 2007.
Tameron died on Jan. 31, 2007. He had been admitted the previous day to Western Memorial Hospital in Corner Brook. Bautista said the baby had injuries that were most likely caused by shaking.
She ruled out infection, diabetes or leukemia as the cause of the injuries, and said the degree of bleeding she saw is consistent with a fall on the head from a three-storey building.
Jeffrey Tippett, 35, is on trial in Corner Brook on a charge of second-degree murder. (CBC)She said her investigation showed that Tameron had some bleeding in his left eye and moderate to severe bleeding in his right eye.
The defence is scheduled to cross-examine Bautista on Wednesday afternoon on her conclusion that the baby's injuries were caused by shaking.
Tippett's trial began Sept. 16 with evidence from the boy's mother, Maria Rose. She told the court that her son was pleasant and did not cry unless he was being bothered by his teething.
Tippett was babysitting the boy before he was taken to hospital with brain injuries.
About 30 witnesses are expected to be called in his trial, which has been delayed several times.
In September 2009, an entire jury was dismissed.
Last Wednesday, the trial was briefly postponed while authorities sought out a 12th juror. A publication ban is in effect on the events that led to the jury being short of a full complement.