1. ITV Report

Woman who googled 'baby in coma' after attacking baby and leaving him brain damaged is jailed

A woman who shook an 11-week-old baby so hard she left him severely brain damaged has been jailed for three years.

27-year-old Renata Sode, from Lithuania, used her mobile phone to google terms like 'baby in coma', 'baby is pale' and 'baby having difficulty breathing' after attacking the baby.

Queens Hospital in Romford Credit: PA

The infant was left fighting for breath but Sode delayed calling an ambulance to her home in Rainham in Essex, for almost 12 hours.

The baby slipped into a coma and her husband Mindaugas Sodys gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

He was eventually admitted to Queen's Hospital in Romford at 10am on 17 September, 2012.

Doctors noticed the soft area of the baby's skull was raised and swollen, indicating bleeding of the brain. He was transferred to the paediatric intensive care unit at London's King's College Hospital later that day where doctors agreed his injuries could have been caused by shaking.

King's College Hospital Credit: PA

Texts sent to her husband in the days before the attack showed that she was getting increasingly angry and frustrated with the two children and was struggling to cope.

After begging Sodys to come home from his work as a car sprayer she wrote:

I'm going to smash [the second baby] in to pieces, she p***** me off'.

– Renata Sode

Another read:

They've p***** me off, they've both gone crazy, I'm going to throw [the second baby] into a wall soon.

– Renata Sode
Queens Hospital in Romford Credit: PA

More than two years after the attack the little boy has still not progressed mentally beyond the age of three months and is unable to sit up unaided.

Damage to his eyes means that he can only make out light and dark and he is likely to need round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.

David Hislop, defending Sode, said:

We may never know exactly how this baby suffered these injuries, but by her pleas the defendant accepts that she's to be sentenced as the perpetrator of his injuries.

The defendant was just 24 years of age at the time of this incident when the boy stopped breathing, she had no support in this country other than her husband, and her husband, although supportive, worked extremely long hours.

On 14 September there had been a call earlier in the evening asking the husband to come back and a text saying 'both are f****** screaming, I'm going to hit [the baby] into a wall'.

How long had the defendant been awake and how much sleep had she got the day before?

– David Hislop, Defence Lawyer

Sentencing Renata Sode, Judge Martin Zeidman said:

You've done two terrible things, you shook this baby causing injuries and having done so you failed to seek medical help.

You knew the cause and effect but I have reached the conclusion you made the calculated decision not to call an ambulance - this was due to the fact the baby had stopped breathing and your husband had performed some form of resuscitation.

Even after that resuscitation was done the breathing was still not right and you knew it, however frustrated you were at the time of the initial assault you thereafter had many, many hours to reflect on the consequences of what you had done.

– Martin Zeidman, Judge