Paramedic foster mum ‘killed baby after losing her temper’

Paramedic foster mum ‘killed baby after losing her temper then told 999 crew the child fell off her knee during feeding’

Sarah Higgins, 42, allegedly inflicted catastrophic brain injuries on Skyla GillerShe told a 999 operator infant had slipped from her arms and fallen to the floorHiggins said Skyla fell from low height to bedroom carpet and landed on bottom

A foster mother killed the baby she was adopting in a fit of anger and then pretended the little girl fell accidentally from her knee, a court heard yesterday.

Paramedic Sarah Higgins, 42, allegedly inflicted catastrophic brain injuries on ten-month-old Skyla Giller while caring for the baby alone at home.

After dialling 999, she told the emergency operator the infant was unconscious after slipping from her arms and falling to the floor as Higgins sat on a chair.

Higgins is said to have insisted Skyla fell from a low height on to a bedroom carpet and landed on her bottom – not her head.

But during the 999 call she was recorded speaking to her partner, Martin Dobson, also a paramedic, on another phone, telling him: ‘God, I think I must have done something to her.’

Paramedic Sarah Higgins (pictured) allegedly inflicted catastrophic brain injuries on ten-month-old Skyla Giller while caring for the baby alone at home

Skyla had surgery for a bleed on the brain, but died when her life support was switched off two days later. Doctors also found ‘crucial evidence’ of extensive bleeding to her eyes, which indicated a severe trauma, and five bruises to her arm, the court heard. 

Prosecutor Richard Wright QC said evidence of the baby’s injuries clearly indicated Higgins killed Skyla in a violent assault that caused severe head trauma.

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