A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a woman charged with murdering her godson.
Mariam Filihia, 33, is on trial in the High Court in Auckland charged with the murder of Terepo "Popo" Taura-Griffiths, who died in November 2011, a week after his first birthday.
She also faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard relating to an earlier injury.
The Crown has argued Filihia struck Popo's head against a hard, flat surface which led to his death.
Filihia began looking after Popo for her neighbours and asked the family several times if she could adopt him.
Popo began having seizures while in Filihia's care which the Crown attributed to brain injuries Filihia had inflicted.
The Crown said the fatal head injury was probably inflicted in the bathroom of Filihia's house.
On November 4, 2011, she carried Popo into the White Cross medical centre about 9.30pm.
"His arms were limp, he was pale, unresponsive and unconscious. His condition was alarming," Crown prosecutor Christine Gordon said.
He was taken to Starship children's hospital where an MRI found he had suffered a skull fracture in the back of his head and a "massive" brain bleed. He also had bleeds on the surface of his brain and had extensive brain damage.
His life support was turned off on November 6, 2011.
Filihia's defence says the injuries could have occurred when Popo was dragged off a deck by a dog he was playing with or when he accidentally flipped himself out of the bath.
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