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Nanny 'shook' baby before death


Linda Wise denies causing Isaac Rowlinson's death

The 13-month-old son of two police officers suffered brain damage and died 10 months after he was shaken by his nanny, a court has heard.

Isaac Rowlinson, the son of Det Insp Paul Rowlinson and Pc Lisa Rowlinson, died on 23 July in Penwortham, near Preston.

Linda Wise, 47, is accused of causing brain damage, which led to the epileptic fit which killed Isaac.

Ms Wise, of Conwy, north Wales, denies manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court.

Nick Johnson QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Isaac suffered haemorrhages in the incident which led to epilepsy, and later caused the seizure which killed him.

"That is why we say she is criminally responsible for Isaac's death."

Mr Johnson told the court Isaac was born in June 2006 and almost immediately was diagnosed with feeding problems.

His eyes seem very spacey and I think he needs to go back to hospital
Linda Wise speaking on a 999 call

In August, Mrs Rowlinson, 38, and her 41-year-old husband, decided to use their savings and hire a maternity nurse.

The couple, who have a daughter, Lily, who was aged four when Isaac was born, were put in touch with Ms Wise, 47, by an agency and she moved into their home in Penwortham.

The couple left Isaac in Ms Wise's care while they took a weekend trip to the Lake District.

While they were away, Isaac became ill and Ms Wise called an ambulance.

During the call she said: "(Isaac) is very floppy, he's very pale. He feels warm to me and his leg is trembling.

"His eyes seem very spacey and I think he needs to go back to hospital."

Isaac was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he fell into a coma.

A CT scan of the baby revealed he had bleeding all over the brain.

He had also suffered low oxygen and blood supply to the brain which left him brain damaged and suffering epilepsy.

'Shaking assault'

The prosecution accused Ms Wise, originally of Gaerwen on Anglesey, but now living in Conwy, of giving different versions of events leading up to Isaac's coma to his parents, police and doctors.

Isaac pulled through and was eventually allowed to return home.

Ms Wise was no longer employed by his parents.

Seven months later Mrs Rowlinson hired a childminder, and on 23 July Isaac suffered the epileptic fit which killed him.

The prosecution said the injuries could only be reasonably explained by a "shaking assault".

Mr Johnson told the jury that a Home Office pathologist found extensive old injuries on Isaac's body.

He said: "Whilst the full circumstances of the injury may never be entirely clear, what is clear is that Isaac's problems must have been caused at her hands in circumstances where she knew she was acting unlawfully."

The trial continues.

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