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Oliver Sargent death: Jury can give majority verdict

Paul and Ashlea Thomas
Image caption Paul and Ashlea Thomas deny murdering their 11-month-old son Oliver in 2012

The jury considering the case of a couple accused of murdering their baby son have been told they can return a majority verdict.

Eleven-month-old Oliver Sargent was taken to hospital with head injuries in July 2012 and died four days later.

Appearing at Birmingham Crown Court, Ashlea Thomas, 21, and husband Paul Thomas, 29, deny his murder.

The couple, of Dalford Court, Telford, also deny causing or allowing the death of a child and child cruelty.

Prosecutor Andrew Smith has told the court Oliver had been "subjected to a deliberately inflicted injury immediately before his collapse".

A post-mortem examination showed he had suffered a 3in (8cm) skull fracture, bleeding on the brain and evidence of haemorrhaging in both eyes, the jury has heard.

Summing up the case, the judge said the case hinged on the cause of the baby's injuries and who was in the room when he sustained them.

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