Baby boy died after being “excessively shaken by nanny”

Baby boy died after being “excessively shaken by nanny”

A 10-month-old baby boy died after he was "dangerously and excessively" shaken by a nanny who snapped and lost her temper, a court has heard.

Joshua Paul was being looked after by childminder Viktoria Tautz, 34, at his home in Culross Close, Haringey, north London, on August 29 2014 when he collapsed.

He was rushed to North Middlesex Hospital before being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital but died on September 1 in his parents' arms, the Old Bailey heard.

Tautz, of Holly Park Road, Barnet, who will be assisted during her trial by a Hungarian translator, denies one count of manslaughter.

Prosecuting, Zoe Johnson, said that baby Joshua died "because of a head injury that caused bleeding in his brain, bleeding in his eyes and other brain and spinal injuries".

Opening the trial, Ms Johnson told the jury: "On that day, for whatever reason, the prosecution's case is that something snapped in the defendant and for a short while she lost her temper with Joshua and assaulted him, causing all those injuries.

"Her account of what happened whilst she was looking after Joshua does not explain Joshua's various injuries and therefore something else occurred - we suggest a dangerous and excessive shaking of Joshua - which the defendant has not revealed."

Ms Johnson said the evidence "points to Joshua having suffered an abusive traumatic head injury", with "natural disease and other conditions having been excluded as an explanation" for his collapse and "all those various injuries".