A WITNESS at the inquest into the death of baby Charlotte broke down at the end of her testimony yesterday, telling the infant’s mother from the witness box “I’m sorry for your loss, Renee”.
Katherine Doogood recalled Charlotte as “one of the happiest babies I have ever seen”.
But when she saw Charlotte again on December 11, the day before the infant was rushed to hospital, she said she was in total shock and disbelief.
“She looked tired and drained, sick and pale,” Ms Doogood said.
“She was not the little girl that I recall her being. A totally different child.”
She told of seeing a “set of perfect handprints” on one side of Charlotte’s torso.
“They were grey and black in colour,” she said.
“They were definitely handprints.
She said despite her memory being questionable on some matters, she could still clearly remember that.
“I remember that today,” she said.
Ms Doogood met Charlotte’s father, Graeme Keen, in October, 2004.
She had been experimenting with speed at the time but it soon became an addiction.
In her statement to police in February 2005, she said: “I know Snow (Brett Penrose) was supplying everyone in the group (with drugs).”
Ms Doogood said she had only come to meet Ms Jones, Mr Penrose and Charlotte through the friendship she had developed with Mr Keen.
She said she did not know Mr Penrose.
“He was a business contact simply when it came to drugs,” she said.
Ms Doogood had told police in her statement that she considered Mr Penrose to be “emotionally challenged and twittery”.
But yesterday she sought to clarify that.
“All of us were emotionally challenged and jittery,” she said.
“It was a horrible part of all of our lives.
“My understanding now is that it was drugs — drugs make you like that.
“You just can’t settle, you can’t relax.”
She said Ms Jones had been “very worried” about bruises on Charlotte.