Mum accused of murdering baby daughter ‘sent photos of herself breastfeeding to guilt trip dad’ – The Sun
A MUM accused of murdering her baby daughter used photos of her breastfeeding to "guilt trip" the girl’s dad in to coming home, a court heard.
Financial consultant Clare Sanders, 43, and her lover Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, allegedly shook their daughter Eva on three occasions during the first four weeks of her life.
When Sanders was left alone with Eva, it prompted her to send "manipulative" messages to Lithuanian-born Vaitkevicius, the Old Bailey heard.
The court was told she would send pictures of Eva lying on her chest while breastfeeding to 'guilt trip' the dad.
One text read: “You don't have to like me but why would you leave Eva?”
Baby Eva was found lifeless in Sanders' apartment in Mitcham, South London, in September 2017.
She was rushed to St George's Hospital after a neighbour called the London Ambulance Service.
The neighbour said she heard Sanders scream: “'My baby,'” the court heard.
Eva was pronounced dead the next morning with a post-mortem revealing 'traumatic brain and spinal cord injury' as the cause.
Sanders and Vaitkevicius had allegedly finished “a bottle of liqueur thing” between them on the night.
Sanders had also searched 'shaken baby syndrome NHS', 'Shaking babies' and 'baby is shaking' on her phone just six days before Eva died.
City worker Sanders refused to hand over her phone to police claiming that she was going through a divorce and needed to access files on the device, the court heard.
She told officers she was also worried that messages between her and Vaitkevicius would reveal her “manipulation” of him.
Giving evidence in court, DC Susie Campbell told jurors: “She had fallen pregnant unexpectedly having previously thought she was unable to get pregnant and she said they had argued quite a lot and she was worried about what we could see of that on the telephone.”
“She said there were occasions where she was being manipulative.”
Cross-examining, Sally O'Neill, QC, for Sanders, said: "One particular message said words to the effect of: 'you don't have to like me but why would you leave Eva'.
"She said the examples of manipulation was sending him pictures of Eva on her breast trying to breastfeed her and she said she was doing that to try and guilt trip him to come home and in fact it did work because he did come home after she sent those pictures."
"Yes," DC Campbell replied.
Sanders and Vaitkevicius both deny murder and an alternative count of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable child.
The trial continues.
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