Teen mum in dock over alleged attack on baby

Hawkshead Terrace, Mereside

Hawkshead Terrace, Mereside

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A COURT was told about a catalogue of injuries sustained by a three-month-old baby allegedly attacked by his mother.

Kayleigh Searle, 19, of Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside, appeared before Blackpool magistrates.

She was charged with two offences of causing grievous bodily harm to three-month-old Thomas Searle, who is fighting for his life in hospital.

Her partner Reece Bourne, 18, of Harbour Lane, Warton, who was described in court as having been in a relationship with Searle for 18 months, also faces two offences of causing grievous bodily harm to the baby.

Searle is also charged with perverting the course of justice.

The court heard how an ambulance was called to the home (above) of Searle’s parents on Hawkshead Terrace, Mereside, at 10.35am on Sunday February 13 after Thomas collapsed.

He was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital before later being transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital where he has since been on a life support machine.

At about 1.20pm the same day, the police were contacted.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said doctors had found injuries to Thomas including a fractured skull and damage and bleeding to the left side of the brain. His left eye was unresponsive.

They also found a fracture to the left collarbone and evidence of injuries to a rib.

Mr Mowbray said: “It is a case of the utmost gravity. The unfortunate victim is baby Thomas Searle, only three months old. He has suffered terrible injuries.”

He added that if Thomas survives he “will have irreparable brain damage and be blind.”

Searle was arrested along with Bourne on Wednesday.

Police were given extra time to question them before they were charged on Friday.

Bail applications made by defence solicitors on behalf of both defendents, were rejected by the magistrates.

The pair were remanded in custody until May 12 when they will appear at Preston Crown Court.