May 2017

‘Nasty bully’ babysitter who BIT one-year-old boy on face claiming child had headbutted him avoids jail

A “nasty bully” who bit a baby in the face after claiming it had headbutted him has avoided jail .

Babysitter Shane Stone was looking after the one-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in September last year.

The child’s mother returned home and noticed a bruise on the tot’s right cheek which appeared to be a bite.

Stone, 23, from the Knowle West area in Bristol, told her the baby had headbutted him in the mouth and denied wrongdoing.

He was due to face trial later this month but then pleaded guilty to child cruelty.

Bristol crown court heard that he had moved away from the city in fear of his life after allegedly getting death threats following his guilty plea.

Judge Mark Horton gave him a five-month jail term, suspended for two years, and imposed a six-month night-time curfew.

The judge told Stone, who has a previous conviction for robbery: “Within you is a nasty bully. You took your anger out on this child for whatever reason.”

At a previous hearing Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Stone was left alone with the baby for some three-and-a-half hours by the boy’s mother.

Mr Bell said: “All seemed to be in order. When [the mother] returned she discovered that there was a curved mark around his right cheek.

“It appeared to be a bite mark. The mother asked him questions and they argued. Clearly it was a deliberate bite mark.”

Defending, Catherine Spedding said Stone was prone to anxiety and depression and smoked up to £50 worth of cannabis daily to self-medicate.

Stone was also ordered to carry out rehabilitation and pay a £115 victim surcharge.

May 2017

Babysitter, 23, faces jail after BITING a one-year-old boy’s face

A childminder who admitted viciously biting a baby on the face is facing jail.

Babysitter Shane Stone was looking after the tiny one-year-old boy in September last year.

When the baby’s mum returned home she noticed a red mark on his face which appeared to be a bite.

Stone claimed the infant had head-butted him and denied wrongdoing

He was due to face trial later this month but the 23-year-old, of Knowle West, Bristol, pleaded guilty to a charge of child cruelty.

Judge Mark Horton was due to sentence at Bristol Crown Court but adjourned the case pending a psychiatric report.

Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Stone was left alone with the baby for some three-and-a-half hours by the boy’s mother.

The child was to be fed and put down for a sleep, the court heard.

Mr Bell said: ‘All seemed to be in order. When the mother returned she discovered that there was a curved mark around his right cheek.

‘It was a bite mark. The mother asked him questions and they argued.’

The mother reported the injury to police by which time the baby had a pronounced bruise covering most of his right cheek.

Stone told police it was accidental, saying the baby head-butted him in the mouth when he picked him up during a disturbance with a cat.

Mr Bell said: ‘Clearly it was a deliberate bite mark.’

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