SHE held her baby tight in her arms and tried to soothe her grizzling, with the constant motion of her rocking chair.
Renee Jones knew something was seriously wrong when her little girl couldn’t lift her head from her mattress.
Charlotte Rose Keen had stirred about 6.30 on that Sunday morning — December 12, 2004.
Her mum heard the distinctive click-clack of her finding the handle of her dummy then the sucking noise as she put it in her mouth.
All went quiet until she stirred again about 8am.
Ms Jones went into Charlotte’s room and the fact “that she wasn’t standing up like she normally was” had her worried.
A closer look revealed the horror visited upon Charlotte.
Unexplained bruises from a week before that were fading had returned black, purple and angry to her face.
Charlotte couldn’t stop twitching, while her eyes would not focus properly.
“Normally she would look at me,” Ms Jones told the Wodonga Coroner’s Court yesterday.
“It was like she wanted to look at me and she couldn’t. It was obvious she couldn’t stop this twitching.”
Her evidence, coming at the end of a day in the witness box, left several people in court in tears, some left the court room to compose themselves.