'She was just a mess, just a terrible mess'

Jayde Poole arriving at the Bendigo court on Wednesday.

Jayde Poole arriving at the Bendigo court on Wednesday.

IN REVIEW: The Jayde Poole trial - Day by day

Day 2: Tears flowed in Bendigo's Supreme Court this morning as relatives of five-month-old Bella Poole recounted the night she died.

Day two of Jayde Poole's manslaughter trial heard evidence from the accused's parents, brother, sister and sister-in-law. 

The jury was also shown footage of Poole's police interviews taken in the hours following her baby's death.

The Bendigo mother, 29, is charged with the manslaughter of her daughter Bella, who died after being left in a hot car in December 2012. 

She has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Yesterday, the court heard Poole took Bella and her son to buy takeaway food and failed to remove the infant from the car when they returned home.

During the police interviews, Poole told detectives she had been tired on the day her daughter died.

"I haven't been able to sleep ... last night was a broken sleep with the kids," Poole said. 

"I was tired, mentally tired."

The court heard when Poole and her son returned home with dinner, they ate their meals before the boy went into another room to play a video game and Poole called her sister-in-law for a chat.

When asked to explain why Bella had been left in the car, Poole responded, "I can't explain it", repeating that she thought the child was asleep in her cot.

She told police she hadn't checked on Bella earlier because she was a solid sleeper who would only usually wake once after being put to bed. 

"She's such a quiet baby," Poole said.

She also admitted being focused on her son during the trip to the fast-food outlet, having realised she had been giving most of her attention to her two younger children.

Poole's family testified she was a great mother who always put her children first.

"She loved that child dearly," the accused's mother, Debra Poole, told the court.

"She was very good to her."

The court heard that on the night Bella died, Poole's parents had been out to dinner.

When they returned home to the house they shared with their daughter, they were met with the flashing lights of police cars, an ambulance, and the information their granddaughter was gravely ill.

"I went inside to see her (Poole) and she was hysterical," 

"She was just crying uncontrollably. She was just a mess, just a terrible mess, my son was trying to console her."

The trial, before Justice Bernard Bongiorno, continues.

EARLIER: Day two of Jayde Poole's manslaughter trial has this morning heard evidence from the accused's parents, brother, sister and sister-in-law.

Poole is charged with the manslaughter of her baby daughter Bella, who died after being left in a hot car in December 2012.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The witnesses testified Poole was a great mother who always put her children first.

"She loved that child dearly," her mother, Debra Poole, told the court.

"She was very good to her."

The court heard that on the night Bella died, Poole's parents had been out to dinner.

When they returned home to the house they shared with their daughter, they were met with the flashing lights of police cars, an ambulance, and the information their granddaughter was gravely ill.

"I went inside to see her (Poole) and she was hysterical," Debra Poole said.

"She was just crying uncontrollably. She was just a mess, just a terrible mess, my son was trying to console her."

More to come.

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