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Shaken boy suffered brain bleed


A Christchur­ch father has admitted shaking and hitting his baby son, causing brain and eye bleeds.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting and wounding his 8-month-old with reckless disregard for his safety in the Christchur­ch District Court yesterday.

The man was granted name suppressio­n, which would be considered again at his sentencing on October 4.

He was living with his partner and their two children, aged 2 years and 8 months, in March. His partner often worked split shifts and he regularly looked after the children alone.

On March 16, he assaulted the baby, causing bruising to his ears and face. He told his partner he was playing with the boy on the floor when the dog pushed past causing the pair of them to clash heads.

Two days later, he was caring for his son who was grizzling, crying and unsettled in his cot.

The father left the infant, but returned to the room and struck him on both sides of the head when he did not settle.

The boy screamed and cried, after which the father lifted him up and shook him violently. He then threw him down into the cot ‘‘with a lot of force’’, police said.

The baby was hospitalis­ed with a subdural brain bleed, retinal haemorrhag­ing to both eyes and bruising to the face and both ears.

When he was arrested, the man told police he was frustrated, tired and had no support when looking after both children alone. He said he needed help to deal with his anger.

Judge Paul Kellar read him a first-strike warning on the wounding charge.

The man’s bail conditions gave him only supervised contact with his children.

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