Mother admits to baby cruelty

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A TEENAGE mother has admitted cruelty after her three-month old baby boy was left fighting for his life in hospital.

But 19-year-old Kayleigh Searle denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will now face a trial at Preston Crown Court alongside her partner, Reece Bourne, in August.

Baby Thomas Searle was found when ambulance crews were called to Searle’s parents’ house on Hawkshead Terrace, Mereside, in February after Thomas collapsed. He was put on a life support machine at Manchester Children’s Hospital but is now said to be in a “poorly but stable” condition and is being looked after by carers and at Brian House Children’s Hospice, in Bispham.

The police have described his prognosis as “poor”.

At an earlier court hearing the court was told Thomas suffered a fractured skull, damage and bleeding to the brain, a fracture to the left collarbone and rib injuries.

Both defendants appeared before Preston Crown Court yesterday where Searle, of Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside, also entered a guilty plea to a charge of doing an act tended and intended to pervert the course of justice by claiming she was witness to a third party assault the child, causing an arrest.

Bourne, 18, of Harbour Lane, Warton, also denied a charge of cruelty to a person under 16.

Judge Anthony Russell QC, recorder of Preston, remanded Searle and Bourne in custody. Their trial has been fixed for August 15.