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Teen killed 11-month-old baby he was nursing by shaking her until she was ‘limp and blue’ when she started crying – as baby’s shattered mother says: ‘Losing her has ruined my life’
- Teen shook 11-month-old baby until she turned ‘floppy and blue’, court heard
- Diquan Lloyd Erwin Fisher babysat the girl in Brisbane in February 2020
- When she started to cry, Fisher picked her up and shook her, the court heard
When an 11-month-old baby in his care began to cry, frustrated teenager Diquan Lloyd Erwin Fisher shook her before she went “limp and blue.”
Fisher was 18 when the 17-year-old mother asked him to look after her daughter in south Brisbane in February 2020.
When she began to cry after the mother left, Fisher picked her up, shook her vigorously and told her to be quiet, the Supreme Court heard.
Fisher – now 21 – began to “panic” when the child stopped responding and the mother returned to the Corinda home.
When an 11-month-old baby in his care began to cry, frustrated teenager Diquan Lloyd Erwin Fisher shook her before she went “limp and blue”
He initially told the mother that the baby had coughed, vomited and choked.
The girl was resuscitated at the scene by paramedics but died four days later at Queensland Children’s Hospital, police said.
Fisher later admitted to shaking her when bruises were found on the baby that matched where he grabbed the child, Crown Prosecutor David Nardone said.
Fisher’s behavior appeared to have arisen from an “act of frustration” after the child started crying, the court heard.
The mother wept during Fisher’s sentencing on Friday, then left the courtroom sobbing before her heartbreaking victim statement was read.
“When I found out I was pregnant, my life changed completely. Her love gave me hope for the future,” she said in her statement read to the court.
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t have done for her. She was always happy and giggling.. she would give me the cutest smiles and kisses.
Fisher was initially arrested for murder but pleaded guilty to the lower charge of manslaughter on Friday
‘Losing her… ruined my life. I never would have left her with him if I’d known he could hurt her—I hope you get what you deserve.’
Fisher had expressed considerable regret and guilt for the “catastrophic consequences” of his behavior and for what he had done to the family, his lawyer said.
Fisher was initially arrested for murder but pleaded guilty Friday to the lighter charge of manslaughter.
He is expected to be sentenced next week by Judge Martin Burns.