Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dad Who Fractured Baby's Skull Told to Expect Jail

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dad Who Fractured Baby's Skull Told to Expect Jail

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT @GazetteCourt

A YOUNG man who attacked his seven-week-old daughter, fracturing her skull, has been told to expect a prison sentence.

John James Robinson, 23, assaulted Grace Bowstead while she was left in his sole care, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The baby was found "floppy" and not breathing properly when an ambulance was called to her East Cleveland home.

Prosecutor Richard Bennett said the child "looked dead", white, not crying or responding.

Grace had a double fracture to the skull, including a significant depressed fracture to the left side, with bleeding on the brain and bruising to her face and left arm.

She was taken to James Cook University Hospital in the early morning of October 18, 2014. She has since made a full recovery.

Jurors heard her injuries were consistent with being shaken and her head brought into contact with a hard object with significant force.

Medical evidence stated there was no accidental explanation.

Robinson denied any assault, saying he offered to take care of her and told the court he was feeding and winding the baby when she "flopped back".

He said he had no reason to worry or think anything had happened to her before the collapse.

His barrister Kate Dodds said: "Someone has hurt her... Were you responsible for causing any injuries, not necessarily deliberately? "Have you lost your temper, been too tired to look after her properly, got frustrated?" Robinson said: "No. I can manage tiredness.

"I don't even know where the injuries came from myself."

Cross-examining, Mr Bennett suggested the father was "tired and irritable" between 3.30am and 6am.

This is a matter... and expect a sentence.

"No that's not the case," said the defendant.

Judge Morris Mr Bennett suggested Robinson shook her or threw her down, fracturing her skull. …

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