Woman jailed for 7 years for attacking toddler

JAILED: Michelle Hodson
JAILED: Michelle Hodson
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A toddler was left fighting for her life after being attacked by the mum of a little girl she had fallen out with.

Michelle Hodson, 23, said she had a “momentary loss of temper” after she became annoyed with the child, who was fighting with her daughter. Hodson, who pushed the child so hard she broke her collarbone, has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Paul Young

Paul Young

As the child fell to the ground, she hit her head and face so hard she suffered serious head injuries including bleeding on the brain.

When paramedic Ian Parkinson arrived, he found Hodson, of no fixed abode, playing on her phone while the youngster lay on the floor, her eyes half-open, suffering from a fit.

The child was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital, fighting for her life. It is understood she has since made a full recovery.

Judge Pamela Badley, sentencing, said: “It is a very great credit to the care she received that she made such a good recovery.”

At the hospital the child was discovered to have extensive bleeding on the brain but it was feared she may not survive the journey to Pendlebury Children’s Hospital’s neurological department.

However, she was later transferred after undergoing emergency surgery in Preston and remained at the children’s hospital for 11 days.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Peter Urquart, described the toddler’s recovery as “astonishing”.

Hodson sobbed uncontrollably as she was led from the dock at Preston Crown Court to begin her sentence.

When interviewed by police and medical staff she had given several accounts of what happened.

She claimed the youngster had fallen and at one stage even claimed the child had been pushed by another child.

It was only as she was due to stand trial that she admitted she was responsible for the horrific injuries the youngster suffered.

Mark Stephenson, defending, said his client was “clearly not in the best frame of mind” when she assaulted the child and had a “momentary loss of temper”.

He added: “She will never forget what she has done. She has caused injury to a very young child.

“She accepts she has done wrong.”

Judge Badley praised the medical team, saying: “The people of Preston are well served by the fantastic team that looked after this little girl.”

• Paul Young, 28, of The Paddock, Fulwood, was jailed for four months at the same hearing after the court heard he neglected a child by failing to seek medical assistance when he was in a position to do so.