A Fijian babysitter in Christchurch has been found not guilty of murdering a 1‑year‑old baby in January 2015, but guilty of her manslaughter.
Shayal Upashna Sami was on trial in the High Court in Christchurch, where she has denied murdering 1‑year‑old Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand, who was found with head fractures, internal bleeding and severe bruising.
Sami ‑ who was 18‑years‑old and five months pregnant at the time said the baby was significantly injured when she fell off a couch.
Aaliyah was rushed to hospital but never regained consciousness.
The verdicts came after the jury requested to watch a video of Sami arriving at the hospital with the baby.
It showed a nurse taking the infant and carrying her through the hospital, followed by Sami.
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