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Teen accused of violently shaking baby to face trial

A TEENAGE father who is alleged to have violently shaken his six-month-old son has been sent forward for trial.

He is also caused of strongly pressing his mouth to the baby's check, leaving a circular mark.

The baby collapsed following the alleged assault, and had to be rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Doctors put a shunt into his head to relieve pressure on his brain, and he has since made a full recovery.

The child's father appeared before a Dublin court charged with assaulting a child.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a judge in the District Court refused jurisdiction.

Outlining the allegation, Garda Desmond Morgan said it was alleged that gardai were called by the Dublin Fire Brigade to a house in west Dublin on August 7, 2008.

The child's mother was there with the baby, who was limp and unresponsive, and ambulance personnel had to resuscitate him at the scene.

Gda Morgan said the child was taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital, where he again collapsed and had to be revived.

The court heard it was alleged the child had a number of injuries, including bleeding at the back of his eyes, bruising to the clavicle and a circular mark to his check.

Gda Morgan said it was alleged that the teen shook the child because he was "frustrated" with him, and he strongly pressed his mouth to the child's cheek, causing a red mark.

The matter was adjourned to a date in September for the book of evidence.

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