Yob vi­o­lently shook nine-month-old af­ter get­ting stressed play­ing X-box

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BY ASH­LIE McA­NALLY A THUG who vi­o­lently shook a baby girl leav­ing her badly brain dam­aged af­ter get­ting “stressed” play­ing his X-box was yes­ter­day jailed for al­most five years.

The in­juries in­flicted on the nine-month-old by Dale Thom­son will have “life­long im­pli­ca­tions”.

Thom­son, who as­saulted the tot in April, had years ear­lier at­tacked a mon­thold boy af­ter he woke early.

At the High Court in Glas­gow, 27-year-old Thom­son pleaded guilty to at­tack­ing the girl to her se­vere in­jury, per­ma­nent im­pair­ment and dan­ger of her life at a flat in Dundee.

He also ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing the boy at an­other house in the city in Oc­to­ber 2010.

The court heard that af­ter the girl’s mum left for work, Thom­son had been play­ing the X-box on­line with a teenage boy while the baby slept.

Pros­e­cu­tor Paul Kear­ney said that dur­ing a text ex­change Thom­son told the tot’s mum the game was “stress­ful”.

She urged him to turn it off and asked him “not to take his feel­ings out on oth­ers”.

Thom­son later made a 999 call say­ing the girl’s eyes were “rolling” and that she was not breath­ing.

She was rushed to hospi­tal and Thom­son claimed he had found her “floppy” in her cot.

The court heard she suf­fered seizures in hospi­tal.

Doc­tors sus­pected menin­gi­tis but she was trans­ferred to Ed­in­burgh’s Sick Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal where they found bleed­ing on the brain, “in­dica­tive of non-ac­ci­den­tal in­jury”. Mr Kear­ney said: “The (girl’s) in­jury ... was se­vere. It will have life­long im­pli­ca­tions im­pact­ing on her move­ment, learn­ing, speech and vi­sion.”

She needs “high lev­els of care” and at­tends a spe­cial­ist unit ev­ery day.

In the 2010 in­ci­dent, Thom­son grabbed the boy “with some force … with­out sup­port­ing the (child’s) head” af­ter he woke up cry­ing early one morn­ing.

Emma Toner, de­fend­ing, said Thom­son was “flooded with guilt and re­morse”.

Judge Lord Burns jailed him for four years and eight months and or­dered he be su­per­vised for three years on his re­lease.

FLASH­POINT Thom­son lashed out af­ter play­ing the X-box

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