May 2014

Woman jailed for 7 years for attacking toddler

A woman who broke a toddler’s collarbone and left her with bleeding on the brain after violently pushing her over has been jailed

Michelle Hodson, 23, lied to police and claimed to have had a ‘momentary loss of temper’ when she attacked the little girl near Preston in Lancashire between May 8 and July 13, 2012.

Last Friday Hodson sobbed uncontrollably as she was led away from the dock to begin a seven year sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

As the child fell to the ground, she hit her head and face so hard she suffered serious head injuries including bleeding on the brain.

When paramedics arrived, he found Hodson, of no fixed abode, playing on her phone while the youngster lay on the floor, her eyes half-open, suffering from a fit.

The child was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital where she was treated for her injuries, which included bleeding on the brain.

Preston Crown Court heard doctors feared the child would not survive the journey to Pendlebury Children’s Hospital’s neurological centre.

But surgeons performed emergency surgery at the little girl was transferred to the children’s hospital, where she spent 11 days receiving life-saving treatment.

The toddler has since made a full recovery and consultant paediatrician Dr Peter Urquart claimed it was ‘astonishing’ the child was well again.

The court heard Hodson, of no fixed abode, gave different accounts to police and medical staff of what happened to the little girl.

She initially claimed her victim had fallen and even said another child had pushed her to cause the horrific injuries.

After Hodson was jailed for seven years in prison for grievous bodily harm relating to the incident

Paul Young, 28, of The Paddock, Fulwood, was jailed for four months at the same hearing after the court heard he neglected a child by failing to seek medical assistance when he was in a position to do so.

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