Thug threw crying baby

CHILD BRUTE: Shaun Turner, 25, Chorley, who has been jailed for five years for throwing a baby to the floor, fracturing its skull
CHILD BRUTE: Shaun Turner, 25, Chorley, who has been jailed for five years for throwing a baby to the floor, fracturing its skull
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A Chorley man has been jailed for five years after throwing a newborn baby to the floor in frustration, leaving him with life-threatening head injuries.

Preston Crown Court heard the tot was transferred to Royal Preston Hospital after being taken for his six-week check with a doctor in Chorley.

Examinations, including CT and MRI scans, revealed horrific injuries to the baby, including fractures to the left and right side of the skull, four fractured ribs, bleeding on his brain, fractured shoulders and numerous bruises.

Shaun Turner, 25, Stump Lane, was arrested and told officers the injuries were accidental.

However, medical experts said the explanations were “extremely unlikely” and Turner later entered guilty pleas on the day he was due to stand trial.

Turner admitted wounding the infant with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm (GBH) in relation to the injuries to his skull and assault occasioning actual bodily harm relating to bruises below his lip.

He was not sentenced in relation to any of the other injuries on the child.

Judge Pamela Badley said: “You now acknowledge (the explanation you gave) is not true and in discussions with the authorities you were frank.

“You said that you were feeding him, he was crying, you became stressed because his crying escalated and that in anger and frustration you threw the baby.

“You described holding him in one instance and the next he was across the room.”

A woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to child cruelty for failing to seek medical attention or report the matter to the police.

The woman said she had seen Turner throwing the baby on the floor with force, causing him to cry.

The court heard Turner had a troubled upbringing, where violence was commonplace.

The tot has no lasting physical injuries. The woman, who will be sentenced on Friday, faces prison for failing to seek help for the child.