November 2017

Sandwell man jailed for injuring baby

A man has been jailed today (2 November) for three-and-a-half years for causing life changing injuries to a baby left in his care.

Callum Marriott, aged 21, of Bassett Road, Wednesbury, was found guilty of wounding by a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 11 October after an eight-day trial.

The child has Global Development Delay meaning that he takes longer to reach certain milestones than other children of his age. The boy has severely restricted vision, does not talk and has only just started walking.

Marriott was left in charge of the baby for just a few minutes when it is believed he shook the child so violently that he went limp and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Doctors found the baby had a bruise on his cheek, and his fontanelle, or soft spot on the top of his head, was tense, which led to seizures.

Subsequent scans confirmed bleeding on the brain and within the eyes. There was also evidence of older bleeding indicating that this was not the first injury.

In court specialists concluded that the injuries could not have been accidental.

The child has been left with permanent learning difficulties and will require special needs care for the rest of his life.

Judge Amjad Nawaz, said: “This is a case that can only be described as truly catastrophic for all concerned.

“The child was floppy like a rag doll, struggling to breathe and gasping for breath. On the way to hospital in the ambulance he suffered two seizures.”

CTI and MRI scans revealed bleed in four areas of the brain and behind both eyes, which have resulted in him being unable to do many things that would normally be expected of a child, continued the judge, who added: “He cannot focus on anything beyond 30 centimetres from his eyes. His overall development is slow and he will need psychotherapy together with help with speech and language for some time to come.”