Why anti-vaccination liars make decent people puke

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Peter Bowditch, Mar 9, 2004.

  1. The support for this killer has already started, and the
    vaccines are being blamed.

    32 broken bones, some from previous assaults, Fractured
    skull. If you did this to a dog there would be lynch mob. Do
    it to a child and anti-vaccination liars will use it in
    their foul propaganda.

    http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2627093

    1:06pm (UK) Father Murdered Baby after Series of Attacks,
    Court Told

    By Martin Halfpenny, PA News

    A father murdered his 10-week-old daughter by banging her
    head and shaking her in the culmination of a series of
    attacks which left the child suffering 32 fractures, a court
    was told today.

    Charlotte Latta suffered extensive brain damage after the
    back of her head was banged on a solid surface and she was
    shaken violently by her father, Mark Latta, 41, on December
    2, 2001, Winchester Crown Court heard.

    Jamie Gibbons QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Latta was
    feeding his daughter upstairs in their detached four bedroom
    house in Byron Close, Bishop’s Waltham, Hants, when it is
    alleged he lost his temper and attacked his daughter while
    the rest of the family sat down to Sunday lunch.

    Mr Gibbons said: “She may well have been difficult about
    feeding and he lost his temper, he banged her head hard
    against a solid surface of some kind and shook her.”

    Charlotte was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital
    in Winchester where doctors found she had a fractured skull
    and pressure from blood in the brain. A skeletal scan
    showed that she had 32 fractures to her ribs, limbs and
    collar bone.

    Mr Gibbons said that some of these were old injuries and
    alleged that Latta had attacked Charlotte at least three
    times, including the time he murdered her.

    “It became clear to the doctors that in the past she had
    been repeatedly and cruelly mistreated by someone who had
    used considerable and overwhelming force,” he said.

    “She had been squeezed with such force her ribs had
    fractured.

    “Just imagine how hard you would have to squeeze a baby to
    fracture her ribs,” he said to the jury.

    The court heard that that wealthy businessman and his
    now wife Sharon had had problems with Charlotte’s
    feeding and she had spent several nights in hospital
    during November 2001.

    On the day of the alleged murder, Latta had taken her to the
    Royal Hampshire County Hospital for a check-up and she had
    been fine.

    Mr Gibbons explained to the jury that very few people looked
    after Charlotte and, if they discounted that the other
    carers, a stranger or hospital staff had attacked her more
    than once then as a process of elimination it must
    ultimately come to her father as the murderer.

    Mr Gibbons explained that the banging of the head on a solid
    surface and the shaking had been “extreme violence”. He said
    that it might not have been Latta’s intention to kill his
    daughter but he’d intended her considerable harm, even if he
    regretted it.

    The court heard that Latta and his wife were well off
    and lived in a detached four bedroom property, had a
    nanny and drove a BMW and an Audi TT but Mr Gibbons
    said: “Respectability notwithstanding, this baby was
    being abused.”

    Mr Gibbons told the jury that Charlotte’s head injuries were
    so severe she was dying and at 6pm on December 4, 2001 her
    life support machine was switched off.

    Latta was then arrested and interviewed at length. He told
    detectives nothing strange or untoward had happened to his
    daughter as he fed her alone upstairs.

    He said that she was feeding fine until, he told detectives,
    she “spluttered and some of the milk came out of her mouth
    in a fine spray. Almost instantly her eyes started to shut.
    I remember thinking she ’cannot go to sleep’, so I took the
    bottle out of her mouth and she started to make a strange
    deep wheezing sound and I saw her eyeballs roll back into
    her head and she started to go limp. I called out, ’Sharon,
    Sharon, come upstairs there is something wrong, something
    wrong with Charlotte’.”

    But Mr Gibbons told the jury: “The bit the defendant missed
    out was the cause of all this. He knew perfectly well he had
    banged her head, probably against the floor. Babies do not
    suddenly keel over with bruised scalps out of the blue.”

    He also told the jury that Charlotte had been cuddled by her
    grandmother and aunt in the moments before she was taken
    upstairs by Latta and she had been fine.

    He said it was important to remember “how suddenly and
    dramatically Charlotte’s condition changed after going
    upstairs with the defendant and coming down unconscious a
    short time later”.

    He said that if Charlotte had been banged against a solid
    surface she would have become immediately ill. Her colour
    would have changed, there would have been abnormalities of
    colour, she would have gone floppy, she would have vomited
    and she would have made abnormal noises. He said all these
    things had happened to Charlotte.

    Mr Gibbons told the court that the old rib fractures to
    Charlotte were between four days and eight weeks old and
    that the fractures to her arms and legs, which he had said
    had been caused by twisting them, were between seven days
    and four weeks old.

    In a short opening address to the jury, defence counsel,
    Anthony Jennings, QC, said that Latta was a loving and
    committed father who had never harmed his child. He
    explained that 13 professionals had examined Charlotte
    during her brief life and Latta had shown no hesitation
    about this and had in fact told many they had not examined
    her fully enough.

    Latta, formally of Byron Avenue, Bishop’s Waltham, Hants,
    denies murder and two counts of causing grievous bodily harm
    with intent to Charlotte, between October 1 and December 2,
    2001. The trial, which is expected to take five weeks,
    continues.

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