The trial has begun of a doctor who denies the manslaughter of her 11 year old daughter in Tullamore.
58 year old Bernadette Scully of Emvale, Bachelors Walk is accused of administering an excessive quantity of a sedative to her daughter Emily.
In opening the case the Prosecution barrister, Tara Burns, said 11 year old Emily Barut was born with profound physical and mental disabilities and was in pain in the weeks before her death following a surgical operation.
As a result Emily hadn’t been sleeping well and by the 15th of September 2012 her mother Bernadette Scully, who was also her doctor, was exhausted.
The court heard it would be alleged that on the day of Emily’s death – Bernadette Scully’s partner went to the chemist for her to get a prescription for anti-depressants and sedatives.
He let Ms Scully sleep as he knew she was tired and at around nine that night he went to check on 11 year old Emily and found her cold.
He also found Ms Scully unresponsive – it appeared she had taken an overdose
A post mortem showed an excessive amount of the sedative, chloral hydrate, in Emily’s blood.
The level found was 200 micrograms per millilitre of blood. Ms Burns said the jury would hear that the correct level of the metabolised chemical should only be in the range of 10 to 20 micrograms.
The jurors were told they would hear Bernadette Scully told gardai she had administered the sedative to Emily twice between 2am and 11am as her daughter was crying and in pain.
At 11am Emily had a fit and she administered the drug again.
Ms Scully told gardai she had administered 27 to 32 millitres and accepted that was too much.
The Prosecution said this is an extremely sad case and it wanted to make it clear that it isn’t in doubt that the accused Bernadette Scully loved her daughter and cared for her to the highest level.
What this case is about – the Prosecution alleged – was that on a specific day chloral hydrate was administered within a toxic level.