Tears as grandmother tells court of baby Kayden Walker's death
The grandmother of a six-month-old baby allegedly murdered by his father fought back tears as she told jurors of the tragedy.
Julie Fellows wept in the witness box as she recalled the moment she discovered her young grandson Kayden Walker had died.
The mother of four told Birmingham Crown Court she was at home when daughter Laura Davies revealed the heartbreaking news.
Giving evidence yesterday, she said: “Laura phoned me and said ‘my baby’s gone’. I said ‘no’.
"She said ‘yeah he has gone’. I just collapsed in the chair.”
Prosecutors allege Ricky Walker deliberately harmed Kayden, leaving his son with brain, eye and spinal injuries on June 12, 2016.
Kayden was forcefully shaken by his father before he stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest at his Black Country home, jurors have been told.
Co-defendant Laura Davies, 25, was out of the family’s council flat in Moxley’s Walnut Close – on the border of Darlaston and Bilston – when her son collapsed.
When quizzed by Walker’s barrister, Ms Rachel Brand QC, Miss Fellows admitted she had thought Walker was a loving dad.
Miss Fellows also told jurors Kayden, who was teething, appeared grizzly but seemed ok when she looked after him the day before he died.
She went on to disclose her daughter suffered a breakdown due to mental health problems in 2010.
The defendant had been hearing voices and was admitted to a hospital in Stafford after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Davies, of Walnut Close, Moxley, was treated in hospital for three months and given medication but had a relapse the following year, the court heard.
Both defendants deny causing or allowing the death of a child and cruelty to a child between December 16, 2015, and June 12, 2016.
Walker, of Kendrick Road, Moxley, also denies murder.
The trial continues.