Court hears how stepfather "hurt tot"By Mike Pyle
September 06, 2012
A stepfather broke a baby’s legs and left it almost a day before taking the infant to see a doctor, a court heard.
The 28-year-old Bracknell man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of deliberately injuring the five-month-old girl on February 28 last year.
Reading Crown Court, sitting at Reading Magistrates Court, heard the child was left with four fractures – two in her left thigh, one in her left shin and another in her right shin – and possibly several others but doctors could not be sure.
Doctors also said there was evidence the baby suffered previous unnatural injuries.
The man is charged with one count of GBH against the child with intent and another, alternative count of GBH without intent.
The baby’s 22-year-old mother from Warfield, who also cannot be named, is charged along with the man with one count of cruelty to a child through willful neglect.
On the day of the alleged incident, the baby had been left with a childminder, who told the court the infant was “fine” when she returned her to the parents.
Ian Hope, prosecuting, said the mum texted the childminder later that evening to say the baby’s leg was “clicking” and she was screaming.
The pair did not take the child to the doctor until the next day the court heard.
On examination by a GP the baby was immediately transferred to Frimley Park Hospital and then Southampton General Hospital, where the full extent of the injuries were confirmed.
Mr Hope said: “There is no doubt that child has sustained harm. It is laid at the door of [the step-father] because he took [the baby] off to change her nappy and it was during that time that he is left alone with her.
“There is severe trauma to the child’s left leg in the area of the hip and her left hip is not functioning from that point on.
“However many episodes of violence there have been to this child, there is at least one at the end of February .”
The trial continues.