Neighbour tells trial of consultant accused of murder how she found ‘grey’ infant


The mobile phone belonging to Clare Sanders (pictured above) had been used to search ‘Shaken baby syndrome NHS’, ‘Shaking babies’ and ‘baby is shaking’ on 27 August – six days before Eva’s death, the Old Bailey has heard

A neighbour of a finance consultant accused of murdering her baby told a court how she found the ‘grey’ four-week-old girl in her screaming mother’s arms.

Clare Sanders, 43, and Lithuanian lover Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, allegedly shook little Eva on three separate occasions during the first weeks of her life.

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

Their neighbour Karen Drewell told how she ran downstairs and saw Vaitkevicius giving Eva the ‘kiss of life’ on a bed after she was awoken by frantic Sanders.

Ms Drewell left the flat in Mitcham, south London, to call an ambulance and then returned to the bedroom to see ‘the grey baby’ in her mother’s arms.

Ms Drewell told jurors: ‘The image is in my mind forever, of that grey baby in Clare’s arms.

‘As I walked back into the bedroom Clare was holding the baby and the baby’s face was grey and she [Sanders] was screaming.

‘She had her arms around Eva’s arms and round her chest. The baby’s face was facing outwards.

‘She [Sanders] was saying to Tomas that he had killed the baby by not bringing up her milk.’

Ms Drewell and her father listened to paramedics after calling 999 and were told to use two fingers to try and revive the baby’s heart and to place her on the floor.

When paramedics arrived they took over and rushed Eva to hospital.

A health visitor had met Sanders on 14 August and they had discussed how the baby was doing.

Clare Sanders, 43, and Lithuanian lover Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, pictured above, allegedly shook little Eva on three separate occasions during the first weeks of her life

Clare Sanders, 43, and Lithuanian lover Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, pictured above, allegedly shook little Eva on three separate occasions during the first weeks of her life

Gemma Ally recorded that Eva was healthy, and the mother seemed content but was a little concerned about being able to breast feed her.



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