Father jailed for throwing baby girl

FILE SHOT: Bundaberg court house Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
FILE SHOT: Bundaberg court house Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN110814CRT1

A 22-YEAR-OLD Bundaberg father who had a "brain snap" and threw his three month old daughter, fracturing the baby's ribs, has been jailed for 12 months.

The man, who can not be named to protect the victim, pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg District Court to one count of grievous bodily harm.

Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallis said on February 3 this year the defendant became frustrated because the baby girl was being "restless and sooking".

While the Crown's case was strong, Mr Wallis said the defendant had admitted to police what caused the baby's injuries.

"The defendant threw the child complainant against the bed," he said.

"The child complainant struck the bed and fell to the floor."

The court heard the baby's mother recognised something was wrong and sought medical help. "

The child was having seizures, was very flopping and making grunting noises," Mr Wallis said.

The baby was admitted to Bundaberg Hospital before being transport to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital where she spent two weeks being treated for a "tirade of injures".

Mr Wallis said those injuries included fractured ribs and a brain injury consistent with high acceleration or deceleration.

Mr Wallis presented a number of doctor's reports which indicated at this stage the child would not suffer any "significant, lasting impact" as a result of the injuries but the child would have slightly reduced vision in both eyes and continues to take seizure medication.

Defence lawyer Kim Bryson said her client had a turbulent upbringing which had exposed him to illicit drugs at a young age.

She said as a result he developed a methamphetamine addiction.

The court heard details from a report by psychologist Dr Luke Hatzipetrou which indicated the defendant had a low level of intellect with an IQ level of 70.

The defendant was described as having "poor problem solving skills", "impulse control issues" and his acts against the baby were "spontaneous, unsophisticated and excessive".

In sentencing Judge Gary Long took the defendant's circumstances into consideration but noted it was a "significant and serious offence which resulted in physical harm to a very young and defenceless child."

He sentenced the man to three years jail with a fixed parole release date of November 27 next year.

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