A Coventry man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s baby son told hospital staff he had shaken him "gently", a court heard yesterday.
Ryan Ledger, 20, is alleged to have murdered 10-month-old Cameron Wootton in May last year.
The baby was taken to hospital after the defendant, of Wigston Road, Walsgrave, made a 999 call from his girlfriend Stacey Jackson’s address on May 9.
Paramedics arriving at the house in Navigation Way, Coventry, found the baby "not breathing, pale and floppy", Birmingham Crown Court heard.
Despite doctors’ efforts to save Cameron, he was pronounced dead two days later, having suffered a fractured skull and bleeding at the back of his eyes, jurors were told.
A post-mortem examination found an 8.6in (22cm) long fracture on the baby’s skull, which one expert decided must have been caused within an hour of the ambulance being called.
Ledger, who was arrested for attempted murder while Cameron was in hospital, was rearrested for murder after the death.
Prosecutor Mark Wall told the jury: "It was the defendant Ryan Ledger who caused the injuries that led to Cameron’s death."
He alleged that Ledger had given "the impression to Stacey that he was jealous of Cameron or, at least, jealous of the attention Cameron was getting from his mother".
This morning, jurors listened to the a recording of Ledger’s 999 call, in which the anguished screams of Miss Jackson could be heard in the background.
Ledger told the operator: "I was cuddling him and that, trying to get him to sleep and he just started being sick."
The operator could be heard giving Ledger instructions on how to resuscitate Cameron, until paramedics arrived and rushed the baby to hospital.
There, Mr Wall said, Ledger told staff that he had "tried to shake Cameron awake and called for Stacey. He said he’d done it gently."
According to the prosecution, in a police interview, Ledger later repeated his assertion that "Cameron had vomited and gone limp, and he’d tried gently to shake Cameron before calling Stacey and calling 999".
Ledger denies the charge of murder.