Thursday, April 05, 2007

Local man deliberately crashed car then dangled baby over flames to hide shocking injuries...

One of the most shocking cases of child cruelty in Lincolnshire has ended with a Stamford man sent to prison for seven years.

The Stamford Mercury website reports that a 4-month-old baby suffered serious burns when it is thought her hands were placed in boiling water.

She was then left in agony for two days with her burns left untreated.

A 23-year-old man then staged a fake road accident to cover up her injuries, driving his car into a tree, then setting fire to his car, to cover up the baby's previous appalling injuries.

But even worse was to come for the helpless mite.

The man then dangled the baby over the flames of the fire he had started, causing her even more severe burns to her hands and to her feet.

He then flagged down a passing motorist and claimed she had been hurt in a road accident.

Hospital doctors were immediately suspicious when they found several rib fractures, some of which were weeks old.

The man denied causing the original burns but admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent as a result of the burns she suffered in the fake accident.

He also admitted a charge of neglect after failing to seek medical help for 48 hours after the baby's hands were severely scolded.

In the 1980's, I worked for the NSPCC so often saw the results of awful child abuse, but few as appalling as this one.

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