Mum facing prison term

Preston Crown Court
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A MOTHER has been warned she could be jailed after shaking her baby so hard it was “effectively unconscious”.

The baby girl suffered retinal bleeding and was forced to undergo a series of unpleasant medical examinations after being assaulted by her mum last year.

The 24-year-old, from South Shore - who cannot be named to protect her baby’s identity - appeared before a judge at Preston Crown Court and admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on the child and child cruelty.

Det Con Matt Normanton, from Blackpool police, said: “Fortunately, the baby is excepted to make a recovery but this case goes to highlight the dangers and trauma that can be caused by shaking a young baby which can put the child at risk of serious long term injury or even death.

“I am pleased with the fact there has been a guilty plea in this case and hope that this will highlight the dangers of parents not seeking help or advice to cope with what can be a stressful and challenging time.”

The court heard from prosecutor David Clarke how the woman had shaken the baby, rendering it effectively unconscious, sometime between July 14 and 18 last year.

The cruelty charge - dated between March 11 and August 7 last year - relates to “unpleasant and invasive” procedures the baby girl was forced to undergo unnecessarily because the mum failed to tell medics what had happened to her daughter.

Bunty Batra, defending, said the woman was of previous good character and asked for the Probation Service to compile a report on her before she is sentenced.

The mother will return to court on April 12 to be sentenced, and Judge Andrew Woolman warned her: “You must understand all sentencing options are open to the court, including custody.”

She was bailed until that date, with a condition not to be around any child under 16 without supervision.

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