Couple convicted of child neglect after baby's legs brokenBy Julie Spencer
September 14, 2012
A stepfather has been convicted of breaking a baby’s legs.
The 28-year-old man, from Bracknell, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty today of causing GBH without intent to the child.
Both the man, and the child’s 22-year-old mother, of Warfield, were convicted of cruelty through willful neglect after a six day trial at Reading Crown Court, sitting at Reading Magistrates’ Court.
The man was found not guilty by the jury of a charge of causing GBH with intent.
During the trial the court was told the man heard the baby’s leg click as he changed her nappy on February 28 last year.
Although she was screaming, the couple waited until the next day before taking her to the doctor.
During the trial, a GP who examined the seven-month-old, told the court she had ‘never seen a baby so distressed’.
The child had four fractures to the legs and had suffered other ‘unnatural injuries’ which experts said were highly indicative of ‘non-accidental injuries’.
The child underwent emergency surgery and two weeks later, the couple drew up a document which they handed to police blaming their childminder for causing the injuries to the child.
Detective Constable Andy Ward, who led the investigation, said: “This has been a lengthy and complex investigation and I am pleased that the offenders have been convicted.
“Thames Valley Police has worked closely with CPS, social care, and other partner agencies in investigating this incident.
“The baby in this case was hurt by the people that should have been caring for her. Fortunately, it appears that she will make a full recovery from her injuries.”
Sentencing was adjourned until a later date for pre-sentence reports.