Sunday 19 November 2017

Baby boy fed bleach by stranger, UK court told

A woman gave the baby of a complete stranger a feeding bottle containing bleach, a court has heard.

The 11-month-old boy drank some of the liquid and vomited after being handed the bottle in a branch of McDonald's, Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Elaine Joyner (53), of Deptford, south-east London, is charged with administering a poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life.

Judge Andrew Lees ruled that she was unfit to plead and a trial therefore went ahead in her absence.

Peter Clark, prosecuting, told the jury that the incident took place on September 13 last year in a branch of McDonald's in Eltham, south east London.

Happily, the baby made a good recovery with no long-term ill effects. However, Mr Clark added that "ingestion of bleach can prove fatal, and in the case of such a young child is particularly hazardous".

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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