Teen charged after baby suffers three broken limbs
Published 10/01/2011 | 05:00
A 10-month-old baby suffered two broken arms and a broken leg while his mother was also assaulted, a court heard yesterday.
Inspector Tom Kennedy told a special sitting of Ennis District Court in Co Clare that the baby boy was hospitalised at Limerick Regional Hospital as a result of the "very serious injuries" sustained.
One of the child's arms had been broken in three places.
Insp Kennedy said that the baby -- born in February last year -- also had multiple bruising, some of which was very, very recent and some of it older; while there was also evidence of a burn mark.
Larry Connors (18), of 3 Towncourt, Shannon, Co Clare, was before the court in relation to three Section 2 assault charges against the baby's 18-year-old mother and his girlfriend at the time -- on three dates in December, with the most recent on December 31.
"The child suffered the injuries at the same time in which (the mother) was assaulted," Insp Kennedy said, opposing bail.
Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Det Garda David Laing said that Mr Connors replied: "I didn't do it" when charged.
Insp Kennedy said that further charges would possibly be brought against Mr Connors, who is unemployed and not the father of the baby.
Insp Kennedy said that he was objecting to bail because of the gravity of the charges before the court and the further expected charges, claiming that the accused represented a flight risk.
Solicitor for Mr Connors, Catriona Carmody, said that there was no good reason to deny bail as her client vehemently denied the charges before the court, pointing out that he had never come to the attention of the gardai and had no previous convictions.
Ms Carmody said that Mr Connors would reside at an alternative address, had no passport and that his mother was in court to provide surety.
Insp Kennedy said that the HSE sought an emergency care order in relation to the baby in court on Friday. He said that Mr Connors and the baby's mother had been in a relationship for only three months.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy granted bail on condition there would be no contact with the child's mother, that Mr Connors would comply with a curfew, and sign on twice daily at Shannon garda station.
Mr Connors will appear at Shannon District Court next Thursday.