May 2018

Teenager’s child neglect shame 

A woman neglected a child when she failed to seek immediate medical help for a youngster who was ‘clearly suffering significant pain’.

The tot – who cannot be named – was crying out when its swollen and fractured leg was moved and a friend also raised concerns.

But 19-year-old Terri Gallimore did not seek medical help for up to seven hours and the child was eventually taken to hospital by a social worker.

Medical tests revealed significant soft tissue swelling of the left thigh and knee and a femoral fracture.

It is not known exactly how the child suffered the injury – but it is possible the tot was dropped and caught by its leg.

Now Gallimore, of Selwyn Street, Stoke, has pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelty to a person under 16.

Prosecutor Samantha Crabb said: “The child only cried when the leg was moved. A social worker wanted to have the child checked over and it was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The defendant later said she had dropped the child and caught it by its leg and that could not be ruled out by medics.

“It was an incident that ought to have caused alarm. The paediatric orthopaedic surgeon said it is possible it was caused by a grabbing motion. However, it would require significant force.

“The prosecution case is this was short-term neglect in failing to seek medical attention.”

Gallimore was handed a two-year community order and told to complete 40 hours unpaid work when she appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.