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Viral infection had 'no material role' in death of baby girl strapped face down to nursery bean bag, trial hears

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A viral infection which led to a baby girl being hospitalised had 'no material role' in her death after she was strapped face down to a nursery bean bag for more than 90 minutes weeks later, a trial has heard.

Genevieve Meehan spent more than a week in hospital in April 2022 where she was treated for symptoms of “RSV bronchiolitis”, described as a “very common viral illness in young children”.

She was discharged home to parents John Meehan and Katie Wheeler on April 30 and provided with an inhaler. Genevieve returned to Tiny Toes Nursery in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, on May 5 and 6 before on the afternoon of May 9 she was found unresponsive and blue by nursery nurse Kate Roughley, 37, who is accused of her manslaughter by ill treatment. READ MORE Tributes pour in as bar owner and ‘huge part of the Prestwich community’ dies unexpectedly at 45 Roughley, who was also a deputy manager at the nursery, had swaddled the youngster in a blanket and put her on her front on to the bean bag.

She then fastened a strap across Genevieve’s back before she later placed another cover over her, court has heard. The prosecution say Roughley’s interest in Genevieve’s wellbeing after that was “sporadic and, at best, fleeting” and that the child’s cries, distress and efforts to move or reposition herself were ignored.

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