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Woman faces Aberdeen baby murder bid trial

A woman has gone on trial accused of twice attempting to murder a baby in Aberdeen.

Nicola Warrender allegedly injected the young child with insulin at a flat in November 2010.

The High Court in Aberdeen heard the 28-year-old is also accused of giving the medicine to the same child in hospital on another occasion in 2011.

Ms Warrender denies the charges. Concerns were initially raised when the child was taken to hospital.

Giving evidence, diabetes specialist Dr Shirley Copland said the accused had been diagnosed with the condition, attended appointments at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and was prescribed insulin.

Insulin pen

One was Novorapid, a fast-acting type of insulin, which was to be taken several times a day, and the other was Insulatard, a longer-lasting medicine.

Ms Warrender was given advice on how to inject herself with the medicine which came in the form of an insulin pen.

Dr Copland said Ms Warrender was also told to monitor her blood glucose levels with a device that tested blood taken from a finger prick.

She said the patient's condition eventually improved but she was diagnosed with diabetes again the following year and prescribed the same medication.

Dr Ai Lin Lee told the court that a baby was admitted to the casualty department of Aberdeen Royal Children's Hospital on November 23, 2010.

The paediatrician said concerns had been raised about the child's health because she had become sleepy after one of her immunisations.

She said Ms Warrender, who had been looking after the baby at the time, said she did not wake up when it was time to feed her and had low blood sugar levels.

Low blood sugar

Ms Lee said: "She told me that she had diabetes before and she felt sleepy when she had low blood sugar sugar and that's why she checked the baby's blood sugar."

Advocate depute Kath Harper asked: "Did you think that was normal?"

She replied: "That is unusual."

Ms Harper asked: "Testing the baby for blood sugar, what would that entail?"

Ms Lee replied: "You would need to prick using a special instrument, a finger prick to get some blood from the baby."

The doctor said the baby was taken into hospital shortly after 21:00 and she was called to the accident and emergency department just before midnight.

She said various blood tests were carried out on the baby who felt cold and had low blood sugar levels.

She said the infant was put on intravenous fluids and antibiotics and her blood sugar levels levels increased an hour later.

The trial continues.

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