Baby’s injuries could have been caused by an earlier fall, pathologist says


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Simon Pickering denies causing the death of his son.

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Simon Pickering denies triggering the death of his son.

Accidents which led to a baby’s demise could have been caused by his mom dropping him on his head days right before he was rushed to hospital, a forensic pathologist has told a court docket.

Poseidyn Pickering​ died in medical center in September 2020 soon after becoming rushed there from the household dwelling in Manurewa, south Auckland. The 10-thirty day period-previous had “catastrophic” head accidents.

His father, Anthony Simon Pickering​ – who goes by his middle title – was afterwards charged with murder.

Pickering denies the demand and is on trial at the Superior Courtroom at Auckland.

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On Thursday, Australian forensic pathologist professor Johan Duflou identified as on behalf of the defence, instructed the court a slide from a short distance could have brought on the skull fractures.

“A tumble over a small distance this sort of as the parent’s arms is surely able of creating cranium fracturing, and it can be intricate, can end result in bleeding inside of the head and on exceptional occasions it can end result in loss of life,” Duflou reported.

The court beforehand read Poseidyn’s mother Filoi Huakau told police she had dropped Poseidyn on his head days just before his loss of life.

Duflou mentioned falls from shorter heights uncommonly bring about injury to the mind by itself, though inflicted violence is most common, but both of those are “entirely possible”.

The professor claimed there’d been an software of pressure in some way, however he could not establish what system triggered Poseidyn’s injuries.

Poseidyn Pickering died at Starship children’s hospital.

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Poseidyn Pickering died at Starship children’s clinic.

Duflou stated if the cranium was previously fractured a next blow could call for less drive and can induce a lot extra catastrophic fracturing of the skull.

Beneath cross-assessment by prosecutor Sam Becroft, the professor recognized a two-calendar year-outdated could not have triggered the accidents.

But he explained a fall possibly did not induce Poseidyn’s injuries alone.

Previously on Thursday, attorney Ina Stewart opened the defence case to the jury saying Pickering’s account of what happened on September 5 had not adjusted in just about two decades considering the fact that the awful day.

“It stays the similar to this working day. Mr Pickering did not assault his very little boy. He did not assault his son in any way at all. He absolutely did not strike his son in that 16-17 moment window,” Stewart stated.

Stewart submitted the jury really should set aside the proof of Poseidyn’s mother’s two loved ones users who informed the court docket Pickering admitted hanging Poseidyn right after his tangi.

“The defence scenario is these two individuals are getting untruthful and performing on motives of their have.”

Pickering did not lead to Poseidyn’s accidents and he does not know who or what prompted them, Stewart explained.

Stewart explained to the jury Pickering would not be giving proof in his personal defence as he had very little more to say.

Poseidyn Pickering was rushed from the family home in Manurewa to hospital.


Poseidyn Pickering was rushed from the loved ones dwelling in Manurewa to healthcare facility.

He spoke to police 3 periods, two times though Poseidyn was fighting for his lifetime, and the next day immediately after he experienced died.

Pickering informed law enforcement Poseidyn and his two-12 months-old daughter experienced been taking part in “rough” when he was watching tv or gaming when he read a “donk” and Poseidyn strike his head on the windowsill.

“This is not his explanation of how Poesidyn received damage,” Stewart said.

Medical psychologist Nick Lascelles assessed Pickering on a selection of situations and informed the court docket his emotional expressions did not always match the subject of discussion.

Lascelles concluded Pickering employed a very long-standing coping system when in durations of distress or anxiety to conceal it by making use of a facade of smiling or laughing.

The court earlier listened to from police officers who interviewed Pickering who described him as jovial, and Lascelles mentioned treatment ought to be taken with this evidence.

The trial, just before Justice Michael Robinson and a jury, will carry on on Friday when the Crown and defence will shut their conditions.