A paediatrician has told the trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his sixth month old baby son, that a child of that age cannot form a 'wad' of tissue with his hands.

40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering his baby son Joshua in June 2013 by placing tissue in his mouth.

The court has heard that an object, comprising of two pieces of tissue, was taken from the baby's mouth during a post mortem examination.

At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Dr Hilary Stokes, a paediatrician based in Mayo , said babies aged 6 months can crudely grasp objects, but could not compress the tissues and fashion it into a ''wad'' as they’re limited by their hand skills.

She also said it's not possible for a six month old to chew the tissue into such a shape.

Ms Stokes added that nobody would try and swallow something like that in one go, and a child would have brought it back up immediately.

Dr Stokes will be cross examined by counsel for the defence today in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine women and three men.



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