June 2019

Luton man jailed three years for vicious attack on seven-week-old baby leaving him permanently brain damaged

A Luton man who viciously attacked a seven-week-old baby – leaving him with permanent brain damage – was jailed for three years today.

Daniel Gilbert, 22, of Morris Close, Luton and Harpenden was convicted of the attack after a three week trial last month, which left the baby in cardiac arrest and bleeding from the nose and mouth.

The court heard how the baby was in the care of Gilbert on the evening of August 9, 2017, when the baby became floppy, started bleeding from the nose and mouth and went into cardiac arrest.

Emergency services were called to reports of an unresponsive baby and paramedics were able to resuscitate him before he was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Scans revealed that he had suffered a bleed to the brain, which included damage to the cardiac control centres in the brain stem, and caused his heart to stop working.

He was also suffering from bleeding to the retina of both his eyes and was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for specialist intensive care.

During the trial, evidence emerged that Gilbert’s accounts of what had happened that night were inconsistent.

Medical experts ruled out that the baby’s injuries could have been caused naturally and concluded that he had been forcefully shaken.

Gilbert was subsequently arrested and charged with Section 20 Grievous Bodily Harm.

The baby will need round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.