The mother of a baby boy who was found dead at her home has denied she was force feeding him in the run-up to his death, a court has heard this morning.
Hannah Henry, the mother of three-month-old Ah’Kiell Walker, denied allegations of “force feeding” with a water bottle, after the cap to the baby’s bottle was found in a sink.
Ms Henry, from Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, told Bristol Crown Court: “You’re talking about my son, why would I harm my son?”
The 22-year-old also told the court that Alistair Walker, the 27-year-old father of the baby, was said to have had a gambling issue, and that he “kicked off” at home after losing money at the bookies.
She denied though that he shouted, “shut up” at the baby, after the baby had been crying a lot.
Ms Henry admitted she still had feelings for Mr Walker, after the prosecutor, Andrew Langdon QC, questioned whether Miss Henry was trying to protect Mr Walker with her evidence or protect both of them.
It is the final day of week three of the trial, Hannah Henry gave evidence in court, being questioned about whether or not her or Alistair Walker were at fault for the death of their son.
Ah’Keill Walker, who died of a lack of oxygen to the brain, was said to be “always happy” by his mother, despite reports from neighbours of hearing the infant crying, whilst the parents were arguing.
Paramedic, Gary Mills, who was first on the scene at the baby’s house after his parents called 999, gave evidence earlier in the trial and said the parents’ record of events was inconsistent with the way he was found.
The prosecution argues that the child had dilated pupils which was consistent with being “shaken” before his death. There were also rib fractures and a broken shoulder which was said to have been caused around 3 to 4 weeks prior to his death.
Mr Walker will give evidence in the court this afternoon, after Hannah Henry’s mother.
Hannah Henry and Alistair Walker both deny charges of manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of a child, and cruelty to a person under 16.
The trial continues.