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Man left baby with bleeding on the brain

Court news

Court news

A man has admitted assaulting a baby, causing the tot multiple fractures and bleeding on the brain.

Paul Anthony Howarth, 23,of Brackenbury Road, Plungington, Preston, pleaded guilty to two counts of section 20 wounding and a charge of section 18 wounding the baby with intent.

Two of the charges relate to an incident on August 23, 2012 when it is understood Howarth shook the infant.

The third count relates to an incident between August 25 and September 19 the same year when, knowing he had previously injured the youngster, he shook him again, causing further serious injuries.

The child was taken to Royal Preston Hospital on two separate occasions where doctors carried out x-rays and scans to reveal the extent of the baby’s injuries.

The youngster had multiple fractures and a subdural haemorrhage, causing bleeding to his brain.

Medical staff feared the child’s injuries may have been “non-accidental” and Howarth was later arrested.

Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said: “A lengthy sentence of imprisonment is inevitable in my view.

“It is with a degree of reluctance I have decided to renew your bail, given the lapse of time between these offences and today, your compliance with the conditions and I understand your wish to sort your affairs out.”

However, Judge Russell ruled Howarth must not have any unsupervised contact with any person under 16.

Any contact with any child is to be supervised by a responsible adult, known to social services, who has knowledge of the case.

Howarth must also live and sleep at an address provided to the court.

The case has now been adjourned until March 11 when Howarth will return to court to be sentenced.

 

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