Thursday 19 January 2017

Man held after newborn baby punched in face at supermarket

Published 08/09/2016 | 02:30

As the baby's horrified mother looked on in shock, the man suddenly struck Elsie on the head before recoiling when the infant burst into tears.
As the baby's horrified mother looked on in shock, the man suddenly struck Elsie on the head before recoiling when the infant burst into tears.

Police have arrested a 63-year-old man after a newborn baby was punched in the face at random in a Tesco supermarket by a shopper who claimed he mistook her for a toy doll.

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Five-day-old Elsie Duckers was in her pram when she was approached by a man.

As the baby's horrified mother looked on in shock, the man suddenly struck Elsie on the head before recoiling when the infant burst into tears. He then claimed he thought the baby was not real and was a toy.

Elsie's mother Amy Duckers (27) has spoken out about Monday's attack, which occurred as she was shopping at Tesco's Baguley store in Greater Manchester with the baby, daughter Libby (7) and partner Lewis Temple (24). The infant was treated in Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

"My seven year-old was there and saw everything, and she was just screaming. She thought he'd killed the baby," said Amy.

Irish Independent

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