Dad who punched and shook newborn son walks free from custody

The boy’s parents took him to hospital three days after the shaking incident.A man who shook and struck his newborn son – actions which could cause the baby developmental problems and the loss of sight in one eye – has walked free from court and won’t have to add to his 107 days in jail.
Nanjing Night Net

The father, who cannot be named, told police he was angry his son would not sleep in the early hours of May 24 last year and so shook him and struck him several times on the head. The baby was eight weeks old at the time.

Now almost one, the baby has been assessed by medical specialists and they fear the child might experience developmental problems and be blind in his right eye, though they say it is too early to be sure.

The father, 22, pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury and was freed from custody having previously served 107 days in jail, and put on a three-year community corrections order by a County Court judge.

The order comprises 300 hours of unpaid community work and mental-health treatment and attending a program to address the risk of reoffending.

The judge said the man was his son’s primary carer at the time. A previous court hearing was told the baby’s mother was at a party at the time of the incident.

The parents took their son to hospital three days after the assault, a previous court hearing was told, when they saw the baby’s arm twitch.

The man then volunteered his offending to police and conceded he had punched the baby.

“Your crime is grave,” the judge told the father on Wednesday.

“It is the type of crime that shocks the community.

“You breached what could be regarded as the most sacred trust that any adult can take on, namely the responsibility of parenthood.”

The judge said parts of the father’s personality and upbringing made reoffending “a real prospect”, and that his actions had to be denounced, as deterring others was a major focus in sentencing.

But he said the man’s early plea indicated remorse. The court also heard the father had made efforts to address his anger management issues and drug and alcohol problems and had got a job.

It is understood the father has since separated from the baby’s mother and cannot see his son unless on a visit supervised by the Department of Human Services.

The man hugged his mother as he left the court.

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