Man guilty of child cruelty

20/09/2012

A 22 year-old man who pleaded guilty to child cruelty, will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court

Mathew Owen admitted harming the child, who was just seven weeks old at the time of the offence, in December 2011.

Marks were spotted on the baby's body by a family member looking at photographs of the infant taken on a mobile phone in January 2012. The police were called and the child was taken to hospital..

On medical examination at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital, a consultant found evidence of 19 separate injuries, including a scratch to the babys neck and bruising to the right arm, back and abdomen.

Owen, from Bootle, claimed that he had dropped the baby during a night feed; and in an attempt to save the infant had grabbed the childs arm.

The consultant's report showed that the injuries suffered by the child were not consistent with the suspect's version of events and found that the majority of injuries sustained were non-accidental.

Robert Jansen, Crown Advocate from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: "Owen had a duty of care towards a defenceless, seven-week-old baby.

"This was a duty he failed.

"But for the swift and decisive action of a family member, Owen may have gone unpunished, or worse, undetected for days, weeks or even longer.

"This case shows how absolutely crucial it is for people to call the police if they suspect a child is being harmed in any way. Fortunately, this time the baby suffered no long-term ill-effects."

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