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Baby injury doctors 'all wrong' says accused McPhee

raymond mcphee at court
Image caption Mr McPhee said doctors were "speculating" about the cause

A man accused of attempting to murder a baby has told a jury that doctors who said the injuries could not be caused by a fall were "all wrong".

Raymond McPhee, 24, from Aberdeen, was left to care for the six-week-old baby, whom he said fell down the side of a bed in August 2008.

Mr McPhee, who denies the charges, said the incident was "just one of those freak things".

The High Court in Livingston was told the baby suffered brain damage.

Mr McPhee denied the injuries were caused by him attacking the infant.

He told his counsel, Gordon Jackson QC: "I did not do that. I would never intentionally hurt a baby or anyone."

When Mr Jackson asked how it felt to be accused of attempting to murder the baby, Mr McPhee said: "It is the worst feeling ever."

Single fall

Prosecutor Alison Di Rollo showed Mr McPhee pictures of the injuries the baby suffered.

The advocate depute said: "It doesn't make sense for someone to fall to the ground and not have any injuries to his chin or nose."

Mr McPhee said: "It doesn't even make sense to me how it happened but it did."

The advocate depute said: "All the doctors have said these injuries could not have been caused by a single fall."

Mr McPhee said: "They are all wrong. It's as simple as that. It is just one of those freak things. They are speculating about the injuries. They don't know why it happened. Just like me.

"It takes just one person to say what happened and they all followed it."

Mr McPhee, of Moir Crescent, Aberdeen, denies endangering the child's life by hitting and by restricting breathing with a pillow on 25 August 2008.

He also denies a second charge of failing to get the baby medical attention.

Closing speeches will be held on Wednesday.

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