A Melbourne man charged with killing his girlfriend’s baby while she was shopping had proposed marriage to the mother only nights before, a court has been told.
Dwayne Lindsey is on trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria, charged with killing six-month-old Chayse Dearing in June 2016.
Chayse suffered severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, marks on his neck, bruising and abrasions on his groin and retinal bleeding.
Chayse’s mother Michelle Dearing told the court today that she and Lindsey, then 34, were planning to get married before the fateful night.
Lindsey claimed he fell asleep with the child on his chest, then woke and jumped when he thought a spider was crawling on him.
He claimed the baby rolled off his chest and hit his head against a wall heater.
Prosecutor Nicholas Papas QC said Lindsey’s explanation was incongruent with medical reports, which showed Chayse’s death from a head injury was unlikely to have been accidental.
Ms. Dearing and two of her friends had gone to Kmart after 4 am.
At 8.21am, she received a call from Lindsey saying something was wrong with Chayse, that he wasn’t breathing and that he had blood coming from his nose.
Melissa Jones told the court how she’d been at Kmart with Ms. Dearing when Lindsey called them, saying ‘Chayse wasn’t breathing’.
‘I heard Michelle screaming my name and I knew something was wrong,’ she said.
Ms. Jones said she called triple zero, and she returned home with Ms. Dearing and another woman to find ‘medics working on Chayse’.
‘Michelle collapsed in the doorway of my bedroom. She was in shock basically.’
‘It was an emotional, chaotic scene when Ms. Deary and the others got back,’ Mr. Papas told the court.
‘She (Ms. Deary) was overcome with emotion and collapsed.
‘Ms. Deary noted Chayse had been changed from his blue Ralph Lauren onesie into a white fluffy onesie with bear ears on the hood,’ the prosecutor said.
It is also alleged Lindsey later told a witness he had, in fact, struck and kicked the baby.
Defence barrister Scott Johns said Lindsey did not intend to kill the child.
‘Whatever you think of Dwayne Lindsey, he’s not a murderer.
‘None of his actions came from an intention to cause any harm at all,’ Mr. Johns said.
Lindsey’s trial continues and is expected to run for a week.
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