Friday 30 September 2016

Mum charged with assaulting baby daughter who allegedly sustained skull fracture and other bone injuries

Gordon Deegan

Published 12/04/2016 | 16:43

Ennis Court House. Picture: Google Maps
Ennis Court House. Picture: Google Maps

A MOTHER has appeared in court charged with assaulting her baby daughter who allegedly sustained a skull fracture and other bone injuries.

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At Killaloe District Court, Co Clare last week, the 21-year old mother - who can’t be named for legal reasons - appeared charged with the assault causing harm of her baby daughter on two dates last year.

The woman is also charged with wilfully neglecting the child on dates between August 23, 2014 and February 13 last year.

The baby’s 23-year-old father also appeared in court last week charged in connection with the wilful neglect of the baby girl between August 23, 2014 and February 13, 2015.

A joint Book of Evidence was served on the two and Judge Patrick Durcan sent both forward for trial to the current sittings of Ennis Circuit Court.

The two cases today appeared before Judge Gerald Keys at Ennis Circuit Court.

Neither of the accused were present in court as their presence was not required and the case was adjourned to May on the same bail terms to fix a date for the case to be heard.

It will be alleged that the child was admitted to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) on February 13 2015 for the treatment of a fractured left arm and bruising to the face.

However, it will be be further alleged medics at the hospital then carried out a full skeletal survey of the baby that detected older injuries - a healing fracture of the left tibia - the larger bone on the lower leg; a healing fracture of the right femur - the thigh bone extending from the hip to the knee - and an older right sided skull fracture.

In the case, the child’s mother is charged with wilfully assaulting and neglecting the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary injury to the child's health and seriously affect her well being contrary to Section 246 of the Children's Act on dates between August 23, 2014 and February 13, 2015.

The woman is also charged with Section 3 assault causing harm of her daughter - now aged almost 20 months - on February 2 and February 13, 2015.

In relation to the child’s father - who also can’t be named-  he is charged with wilfully neglecting the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary injury to the child’s health and seriously affect her well being contrary to Section 246 of the Children's Act on dates between August 23, 2014 and February 13, 2015.

The charges before the court don’t specify which alleged injuries arose from the assault or neglect charges.

Those found guilty of neglecting a child can face up to seven years in jail in the circuit court while those convicted of assault causing harm in the circuit court face penalties up to five years in jail.

In preparation for the case, a psychological report is to be carried out on the mother.

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