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Baby ‘died at hands of his mum of nine or her lover’

‘Catastrophic’ injury: Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd leave court yesterday. They deny causing Eli’s death PICTURE: JIM BENNETT

A BABY died after suffering a ‘catastrophic’ brain injury at the hands of his mother or her boyfriend, a court heard.

Eli Cox had suffered 28 bone fractures and been exposed to amphetamine and cocaine before his death last April.

Mother-of-nine Katherine Cox told police she called an ambulance after finding five-month-old Eli lifeless with ‘ooze coming out of his nose’ and her partner performing adult CPR.

The head trauma that killed him was the ‘unhappy culmination of injuries he had suffered over many weeks’, prosecutor Jennifer Knight said.

Cox, 33, and 25-year-old Danny Shepherd were the only adults in the house in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, when the incident happened, said Ms Knight. ‘It was the action of one of them which resulted in the catastrophic injury Eli suffered that day,’ she told Maidstone crown court.

‘One of them did it and the other knew there was a risk of serious physical harm to Eli and did nothing about it.’

During the ambulance ride, Shepherd said Eli had been unwell and had vomited. He had taken him to bed where he was sick again and his lips turned blue, the court heard. He said he blew into Eli’s mouth and realised the baby was not breathing.

Cox and Shepherd deny causing or allowing Eli’s death or causing or allowing physical harm to a child. They also deny possessing Class B drugs.

The trial continues.