A court has heard that a four year old girl has been left severely brain damaged after a woman allegedly injected her with two doses on insulin.
Chantell Graham, 33, is standing trial over the incident which occurred in 2016 and left the little girl needing round-the-clock care.
Isleworth Crown Court heard Graham filmed the girl as she had a fit on a hospital bed.
Prosecutor Sally O’Neill QC told jurors; “She was described as a bright and articulate child by her nursery school teacher with no speech defects or behavioural problems, and she had never been seen to suffer fits or seizures whilst she was at nursery.
“As a result of these events, she is now a severely disabled child who is almost totally dependent on others for all her needs and who requires 24-hour care.”
Ms O’Neill told jurors Graham is accused of “deliberately administering insulin to the girl on two occasions”, putting her life at risk by depriving the brain of blood glucose.
It is said that after administering the insulin, she then searched for “biting tongue in children”, “can tongue biting mean seizures?”, and “can a seizure cause brain damage?”
O’Neil said it was “striking” that Graham left the hospital for about 20 minutes despite the girl being “seriously ill”.
“That was more than enough time to get rid of the evidence of what she had done… perhaps when she realised the very serious consequences of what she had done”
Graham denies two charges of administering a poison or noxious substance with intent, a count of administering a poison or noxious substance with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm, and one count of cruelty to a person under the age of 16. The trial continues.