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MURDER TRIAL Woman accused of tot’s murder said scene suggested ‘I went mad’ & admitted evidence pointed towards her, court told

A WOMAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING A TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRL testified to gardai that all evidence pointed to her.

Santina Cawley was murdered on July 5, 2019, in Boreenmanna Apartments in Cork by Karen Harrington, 38, of Lakelands Crescent, Mahon, Cork.

Karen told gardai she “couldn’t explain herself” but the scene showed she “gone insane,” the court heard today.

 

Woman accused of tot’s murder said scene suggested

 

“This all shows I went insane,” she said.

During her trial in Cork’s Central Criminal Court, Ms. Harrington admitted that she was the guilty party.

“It looks like I did. I’ve never killed somebody. It’s aiming at me. I’d never injured anyone, let alone a child.

 

 Woman accused of tot’s murder said scene suggested

“The proof is on me.” I’d never injured a kid! I grew up around kids.”

Karen said she felt terrible looking at the photographs.

Sobbing, she insisted that while she couldn’t explain what had happened, she hadn’t committed a murder.

“I did not murder Santina Cawley, I would not damage a child, let alone murder a child,” she claimed.

“The proof is on me.” I’d never injured a kid! I grew up around kids.”

Karen said she felt terrible looking at the photographs.

Sobbing, she insisted that while she couldn’t explain what had happened, she hadn’t committed a murder.

“I did not murder Santina Cawley, I would not damage a child, let alone murder a child,” she claimed.

Ms. Harrington, who was dating the deceased’s father, Michael Cawley, at the time of the alleged crime, said she agreed that all evidence pointed to her.

Everything was “coming towards me”, she said.

Garda David Noonan told her that the garda investigation was thorough and that the evidence painted a picture.

Santina had “horrific injuries”, according to Dt Garda Noonan.

He asked her how a child’s hair could “fall away.”

Ms. Harrington exclaimed “Oh Jesus Christ” but denied knowing how it happened.

When asked by gardai about her apartment photos from that night, Ms. Harrington admitted they “looked really bad”.

But she insisted she didn’t kill Santina Cawley.

Gardai informed her that the child’s blood was detected on her clothes. Karen called it “crazy”.

“It’s awful,” she said. It’s awful. That’s not good. I am dunno. It’s insane.

“I did not injure Santina, nor would I injure any baby or indeed anyone.” I would never harm anyone.”

Mme Harrington described the evening as “blank”. Dt Sgt David Noonan inquired how she knew she hadn’t killed the child if she couldn’t remember.

“I would never hurt a child,” Ms. Harrington reiterated (hurt a child). I’ve always minded kids. Honestly, I told you everything I remember. I totaled you. “I’m nauseous.”

 

53 INJURIES

The two-year-skull old’s had a major fracture and several cuts, according to Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster.

“In my opinion, these injuries were not accidental,” she claimed, unable to count the number of hits to the child’s head.

Michael Cawley, the child’s father, had gone away for a while.

Santina was found naked and unconscious on a blanket by her father around 5 a.m.

On Monday, a Cork court heard evidence of about 53 injuries to the young child.

Dr. Bolster stated the boy had a catastrophic brain injury that would have put him in a coma.

“The skull fracture was highly complex and covered a considerable area of her head.”

 

‘EXTENSIVE DAMAGE’

Santina sustained a shattered femur, humerus, and two ribs.

The doctor claimed the infant could not have had these fractures.

“She would have been in a stupor and unable to wail after the head injuries.

“She would have been dead. The brain was enlarged from extensive injury. It was traumatic brain damage. The spinal cord bled into and surrounded it.

“The skull has been impacted, causing movement in the brain and spinal cord. Swinging the head or hitting it will move the brain and stretch the spinal cord.”

In addition to her forehead, earlobes, cheeks, lips, and a laceration of the skin between her nose and top lip,

Bruising covered her scalp, arms, elbow, chest, belly, thorax, and pelvis.

Her back, foot, jawbones, and Adam’s Apple were all injured.

“There was no evidence of underlying bone disease or illness,” added Dr. Bolster.

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