The prosecution alleges that Julie Watts, 31, murdered her daughter Abigail, who needed round-the-clock care, by delberately disconnecting a tracheotomy tube as she lay in bed at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
The jury at Manchester Crown Court was told how Abigail had suffered a "formidable" series of handicaps including brain damage since being resuscitated after suffering a heart attack shortly after her birth. The handicaps had left her needing several operations, suffering from brain damage and with a rare skull deformity. She was also unable to eat and had sight and hearing defects.
Mrs Watts, of Little Hulton, Salford, Greater Manchester - described as a devoted and caring mother - pleads not guilty to Abigail's murder. The case continues.Reuse content