A WODONGA doctor who examined Charlotte three days before she was rushed to hospital — covered in at least 35 bruises — told the inquest he did not see any injuries that would raise alarm bells.
Dr Scott Finlay said Charlotte had some bruising on one side of her face on December 9, 2004, and her mother, Renee Jones, told him Charlotte had had a fall.
Ms Jones described her as “falling and throwing herself around in the cot at times”.
Charlotte’s right shoulder was also swollen and an X-ray was ordered.
Dr Finlay told the inquest in Wodonga yesterday that Charlotte had a couple of other small bruises that were consistent with “normal childhood bruising” but that she was alert and bright at the time.
“I had no history to suggest any other episodes of injury,” he said.
“If I had suspected child abuse I would have done a full central nervous examination.”
Dr Finlay told coroner Jacinta Heffey that Charlotte had been to the medical centre up to six times and there had been no evidence of abuse.
When shown pictures of Charlotte’s bruising yesterday — taken at the Royal Children’s Hospital — Dr Finlay said it was “definitely not” consistent with what he had seen.