Bendigo mother not guilty of manslaughter

Jayde Poole (second from front) leaves Bendigo's Supreme Court with her lawyer and family after being found not guilty of manslaughter.

Jayde Poole (second from front) leaves Bendigo's Supreme Court with her lawyer and family after being found not guilty of manslaughter.

FULL COVERAGE: The Jayde Poole trial - the case day by day

UPDATE 2.45pm: A collective sigh of relief filled Bendigo's Supreme Court this afternoon as a jury found Jayde Poole not guilty of the manslaughter of her infant daughter.

Tears and hugs between her family and her lawyers followed as the reality of the verdict began to sink in.

The six-man and six-woman jury retired to deliberate at 10.20am this morning after hearing five days of evidence.

Shortly after 2pm, following the hour-long lunch break, it announced its verdict.

Poole was charged with the manslaughter of her five-month-old daughter Bella, who died from heatstroke after being left in a hot car in December 2012.

The court heard outside temperatures averaged around 30 degrees during the two hours the infant was unattended in her rear-facing capsule.

Poole's lawyer, Shane Gardner, spoke on behalf of Poole and her family outside the courthouse following the verdict.

"As you can understand there’s been a lot of public interest in this case, and as you would all probably appreciate and anyone who’s been following the case would appreciate, there are no winners in a case like this," Mr Gardner said.

"Despite a legal win for Jayde today, the fact is she has to live with these consequences for the rest of her life, and it has been a harrowing experience for her.

"We would ask, and Jayde would ask, having made this statement now that her family’s privacy be respected and that she can get on with the process of grieving her loss with respect to Bella.

"On behalf of her that’s the statement I've been authorised to make."

EARLIER: BENDIGO mother Jayde Poole has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of her infant daughter.

The jury in the Supreme Court trial retired to consider its verdict this morning.

Jayde Poole was charged with manslaughter after leaving her five-month-old daughter Bella in a hot car for more than two hours in December 2012.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

This morning, Justice Bernard Bongiorno sent the six-man and six-woman jury to deliberate following five days of evidence.

He said the jurors would have to decide whether Poole was guilty of gross negligence by not removing her baby from the car, and if her belief the child was safely asleep in her cot was reasonable.

The prosecution and defence delivered their closing addresses yesterday.

More to come.

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