Swansea mum admits assaulting weeks-old baby
A SWANSEA mum assaulted her baby when she was just weeks old, causing her broken bones and bruises to her face.
The baby was originally taken to hospital after police officers saw bruises on her face but further scans revealed a catalogue of broken bones which doctors said could not have been caused accidentally.
The baby was between four and eight-weeks-old during the incidents which took place while her mother was suffering from post-natal depression.
She was found to have suffered two fractured knees, fractures to the middle of her leg bone and at the end near her ankle.
They were likely to have been caused by the baby’s legs being twisted or pulled.
She admitted grievous bodily harm and two of actual bodily harm.
Police were called to the family home by the baby’s father who told the emergency services her partner had gone “loopy”.
When officers arrived they saw the woman trying to grab her baby from her partner and saw three bruises on the baby’s face.
They described her mother as being drunk and slurring her words.
In the police car she told officers: “I just lost it. The baby kept on screaming and wouldn’t sleep. I grabbed her by the face, I didn’t mean to hurt her. I love my baby”.
The baby’s father said earlier in the night she had drunk two bottles of rose wine. He said she had been sick on the bed and as he tried to clean it up, his partner had woken the baby and taken her from her Moses basket.
He said without warning she had then dropped the baby onto the mattress from 1ft high.
He then described her as going “berserk”.
He also said she had previously admitted holding the baby’s dummy in her mouth causing a bruise.
The couple had ignored a visit from the health visitor after that incident because they were worried they would have to explain the bruise on her face.
In her police interview, the woman said she had lost her temper because her daughter would not stop screaming but could not explain the fractures.
John Hipkin, for the woman, said the condition remains a “poorly understood” condition and that it is debilitating to those who suffer from it.
He asked Judge Paul Thomas to suspend any term of imprisonment.
“The child was injured and seriously hurt but if this defendant had been well and had not been suffering from this condition and bonding disorder, she would never have hurt her child,” he said.
The woman will be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Monday.