'The baby didn't show any signs of life'

Jayde Poole (centre) arriving at the Supreme Court in Bendigo.

Jayde Poole (centre) arriving at the Supreme Court in Bendigo.


IN REVIEW: The Jayde Poole trial - Day by day

DAY 3: "I'm so sorry baby. I love you baby."

These were the words of Bendigo mother Jayde Poole as she held her baby daughter in her arms, having found her lifeless in the back of her car, a court has heard.

Five-month-old Bella Poole died of heatstroke in December 2012 after spending two hours in her car capsule while outside temperatures reached 30 degrees.

On the third day of her mother's Supreme Court manslaughter trial, the court heard evidence from police and ambulance officers who attended the Bendigo home on the night Bella died.

Bendigo police Leading Senior Constable Ross McPhee was with Poole and her daughter at the hospital.

"She was told by a doctor that the baby was deceased and she immediately started to cry and collapsed to the ground," he said.

"Ms Poole was very emotional. She was cuddling her baby and repeated on many, many occasions, 'I'm so sorry baby. I love you baby'."

This morning the court heard officers responded to a call Poole made to police reporting her child had been abducted from her home.

Bendigo police Acting Sergeant Mark Bell and Constable Robert Binks were two of the first emergency officers to arrive at the scene and began a search of the child's room.

"I ripped all the bedclothes out, and I actually ... picked the mattress up, and pulled it up, just to make a hundred percent sure (the child wasn't there)," Acting Sergeant Bell said.

As then Leading Senior Constable Bell initiated a full search of the house, he heard a scream and went outside to see Poole crouching at her car's rear door.

When she moved away, he saw Bella, still in her capsule inside the car.

"I looked in the car, saw Bella there, knew that we had to get an ambulance coming," Acting Sergeant Bell said.

"The baby didn't show any signs of life.

"It was hot. It was 30 degrees, but it wasn't an unpleasant 30 degrees and I took her out of the capsule and I wanted to get her somewhere cool and at this point I started to give her CPR while she was in my arms."

Constable Binks told the court when Poole discovered Bella in the capsule, she said "I left her in the car".

Poole has pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter.

The trial, before Justice Bernard Bongiorno, continues.


EARLIER: A police officer who was first on scene after baby Bella Poole was reported missing has told a Supreme Court jury how he tried to save the little girl's life.

"I looked in the car ... knew that we had to get an ambulance coming," Bendigo police Acting Sergeant Mark Bell told the court.

"The baby didn't show any signs of life.

"I took her out of the capsule ... I started to give her CPR in my arms."

Acting Sergeant Bell gave evidence this morning on the third day of Jayde Poole's trial for the manslaughter of her daughter Bella.

The five-month-old died in December 2012 after being left in a car for two hours while the outside temperature averaged around 30 degrees.

Poole has pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter.

This morning the court heard officers responded to a call Poole made to police reporting her child had been abducted from her home.

After searching Bella's room, then Leading Senior Constable Bell heard a scream from the front of the house and went outside to see Poole crouching at her car's rear door.

When she moved away, he saw Bella, still in her capsule inside the car.

More to come. 

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