Mervyn Bell.
Mervyn Bell. Picture: WA Police

The heartbreaking moments where paramedics realised a battered and bruised ten-month old baby was dead on the floor of a West Australian roadhouse has been played to a Supreme Court judge.

Mervyn Bell, 27, is on trial for the murder and sexual assault of the baby boy, who was dead 15 hours after being taken from his mother’s house in Broome.

The infant was covered in dozens of injuries, including bruises, burns, scratches, abrasions, two broken limbs and serious injuries to his genitals. A post-mortem was unable to determine how the baby died.

Mr Bell claimed he sustained the damage after falling out of the car as he drove at 60k/mh.

He told police the child only stopped breathing after he let him slip under the water at a Karratha swimming hole, from where he rushed him to the Fortescue River Roadhouse to get help.

WA’s Supreme Court was shown CCTV footage in the hours before the baby’s fate was discovered, where Mr Bell visited another roadhouse, Coles in Karratha, a bottle shop and a visitors information centre.

When Mr Bell visited Coles, he left the baby in the car despite temperatures reaching 40 degrees centigrade.

He is also see purchasing a six-pack of beer – despite telling police the baby had fallen out of the car hours earlier.

Footage from the roadhouse was also played, showing the desperate, but futile, resuscitation attempts on the child. The trial continues

The West Australian

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