Devon babysitter cleared of killing baby

A babysitter has been cleared of killing a ten-month-old girl in a so-called shaken baby case. James Hunt was found not guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court after the jury heard extensive medical evidence by leading experts on both sides of the debate.

He was in sole charge of Kimberly Barrett when she collapsed at her mother’s Hayley Bradshaw’s home in Ottery St Mary at Christmas 2011. He was cleared after the jury spent more than a day considering three weeks of evidence in which the defence challenged the medical cause of death.

They argued the child had died of natural causes. Hunt, who had always denied harming the child, was discharged and freed immediately after the verdict. He has been in custody for much of the two years and two months the case has taken to come to court.