The trial of a GP accused of killing her daughter has heard the amount of a sedative found in her blood was ten times more than the therapeutic level.
Bernadette Scully has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Emily Barut at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk in Tullamore, Co. Offaly in 2012.
Professor Hans Maurer, a German toxicologist received various samples from the State laboratory in Ireland a few months after Emily’s death.
In her blood, they found 220miiligrams per litre of the sedative Chloral hydrate, he said.
The therapeutic level of the drug is between 5 and 20.
Emily was born with severe physical and learning disabilities and the court heard yesterday that her mother took great care of her during her 11 years.
She underwent surgery a few weeks before she died on September 15th 2012, and was in a lot of pain and struggling to sleep.
When her partner checked on Emily on the evening in question, he told Gardaí she was cold and he called for an ambulance.
Bernadette was unconscious after taking an overdose herself.
It is the prosecution’s case that she killed her by an act of gross negligence – that she had a duty of care to her as both her mother and doctor, and was in breach of that duty.