A BABY at the centre of a murder trial was covered in bruises, cuts and grazes when pathologists examined his body.

Pathologist Charles Wilson told Sheffield Crown Court he found skull fractures and 34 external injuries to Kadan Beaumont’s face, mouth, head, legs and arms in a post-mortem examination.

His father Michael Beaumont, 28, denies the 11-month-old’s murder.

Medical experts for the prosecution said their findings led them to conclude Kadan died as a result of impact trauma.

Mr Wilson said: "The fractures were caused by heavy impact to the left of his head.

"There was a large band of bruising over the scalp which could be the result of multiple impacts.

"It means that the infant’s scalp has impacted on something, or something has impacted on the infant’s scalp."

The defence says Beaumont's dog, Mia, had knocked Kadan over at his home in Chapel Street, Hoyland, prior to his death.

Kadan's mum Helen Barnes, 27, a teaching assistant, denies cruelty to a child by neglecting to seek medical assistance.

The trial continues.