Two jailed after baby’s arms broken

Jailed: Christopher Kirkham and, below, Laura Scanlon
Jailed: Christopher Kirkham and, below, Laura Scanlon
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A man and woman have been jailed after a baby they were looking after was found to have two broken arms.

Staff at the Royal Preston Hospital raised the alarm after Laura Scanlon and Christopher Kirkham gave inconsistent accounts over how the tot came by his injuries.

Laura Scanlon, 23, NFA, was  admitted neglect at Preston Crown Court

Laura Scanlon, 23, NFA, was admitted neglect at Preston Crown Court

Kirkham, of Mitton Drive, Ribbleton, later admitted child cruelty, saying he had caused the painful spiral fracture to the baby’s left arm and fracture to his right arm.

Scanlon, 23, admitted neglect after realising the baby was hurt and failing to seek medical help for 24 hours.

Kirkham had initially told medical staff he had stubbed his toe while holding the child and had caught him as he fell, banging his arm against the wooden arm of a chair.

But reports concluded this account was inconsistent with the injuries the child sustained at his hands.

Scanlon had not been present when the youngster was assaulted but having discovered the child was distressd and had a limp arm delayed seeking medical help.

Judge Pamela Badley said: “This was more than a mistake. For a baby of seven weeks to have 24 hours in pain when you knew there was something wrong, you deserve immediate custody.”

She jailed Scanlon, of no fixed address for 12 weeks and Kirkham for 32 months.