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'Murder baby' showed no signs of illness before death

Alexis Matheson
Image caption Baby Alexis Matheson was six weeks old when she died in 2007

A baby allegedly murdered in Aberdeen showed no signs of ill health when examined by a health visitor before she died, a court has heard.

Mark Simpson denies murdering six-week-old Alexis Matheson, his girlfriend's baby, in 2007.

Health visitor Colleen Shaw said she had no concerns about the baby during visits after her birth.

She told the fifth day of the trial at the High Court in Aberdeen Alexis did not have any head defects.

Mr Simpson, 29, is accused of murdering Alexis Matheson by assaulting her in Aberdeen between 8 November and 9 December 2007.

He allegedly seized hold of her, shook her and compressed her chest, leaving her so severely injured that she died.

The trial, which is scheduled to last several weeks, continues.

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