City worker ‘looked up shaken baby syndrome just days before her child was found dead’

A £90,000-a-year City worker used her phone to search for ‘shaken baby syndrome’ just days before murdering her four-week-old baby, a court has heard today.

Clare Sanders, 43, and her Lithuanian lover Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, allegedly shook tiny Eva on three separate occasions at their south London flat in August 2017.

Sanders’ mobile phone had been used to search ‘Shaken baby syndrome NHS’, ‘Shaking babies’ and ‘baby is shaking’ on August 27 – six days before Eva’s death, the Old Bailey heard.

Tom Little, QC, prosecuting, read out a text message sent from Sanders’ mobile phone, on August 26, which read: ‘Tom (Vaitkevicius) and I just had a massive barnie’.

‘The following day there are these searches. This was just under a week before Eva was found unconscious and the emergency services were called.’

Jurors were told Sanders and Vaitkevicius (pictured) had been drinking on the night Eva was said to have been attacked

Clare Sanders, 43, and her Lithuanian lover Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, allegedly shook tiny Eva on three separate occasions at their south London flat in August 2017. Both deny murder and an alternative count of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable child

Paramedics were sent to the couple’s house in Mitcham at 2.40am on September 1 after an emergency call was made by neighbour Karen Brewell who lived in the same block of flats as the couple.

Financial consultant Sanders 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 and a post-mortem later 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 said to have been attacked.

Mr Little said while Eva was being cared for at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, the financial consultant was approached by a police officer and said: ‘You’re looking to prosecute me, and I am losing my child, we just having a drink to celebrate’.



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