Spared jail, mum who threw her baby son at po­lice­woman

De­tec­tive left with ‘life-chang­ing in­jury’

Scottish Daily Mail - - Daily Mail Campaign - By Chris Brooke [email protected]­ly­mail.co.uk

AN AN­GRY mother who threw her baby son at a woman po­lice of­fi­cer has avoided jail.

DC Kirsty Bur­nett caught the 15-month-old, but suf­fered a life-chang­ing in­jury as she threw her head back.

The of­fi­cer needed op­er­a­tions for a trapped nerve and a frozen shoul­der and her re­sul­tant phys­i­cal prob­lems have af­fected both her fam­ily life and ca­reer.

Kirsty Bearfield, 24, had her youngest son Fred­die sit­ting on her knee in a hos­pi­tal wait­ing area when DC Bur­nett told her both he and his older brother would have to stay with their fa­ther that night due to con­cerns about an in­jury to the older child.

She re­acted by hurl­ing the little boy at the of­fi­cer.

Bearfield, a bare-knuckle fighter from He­don, Hull, ad­mit­ted caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm when she ap­peared at the city’s crown court and was told she could have been jailed.

But Judge Paul Wat­son, QC, im­posed a 12-month sus­pended sen­tence in­stead.

He told her: ‘I have de­cided it would not be right or con­scionable for some­thing you did two years ago to im­me­di­ately de­prive you of your lib­erty.’

The court heard the in­ci­dent hap­pened at Hull Royal In­fir­mary in Novem­ber 2017.

A so­cial worker had de­cided that although an in­jury to the older brother was not sus­pi­cious, the chil­dren should be re­moved from Bearfield’s care that night to al­low ‘fur­ther ev­i­dence’ to be con­sid­ered.

Phillip Evans, pros­e­cut­ing, said: ‘That was news which the de­fen­dant did not take well.’ Bearfield, who has four pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for bat­tery, re­acted an­grily when DC Bur­nett told her of the de­ci­sion.

Mr Evans said: ‘Upon hear­ing this news, the de­fen­dant threw [the baby] at the of­fi­cer with a look of anger on her face.’

DC Bur­nett put her arms up and caught the 30lb baby. She put her head back while catch­ing him to en­sure she didn’t come into con­tact with his face.

But that ac­tion had dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for the of­fi­cer, who was in ‘im­me­di­ate dis­com­fort’. She was re­ferred to a neu­ro­sur­geon and had a scan that re­vealed a trapped nerve in her lower spine. She still does not have full use of her left shoul­der and has been left with a six-inch scar from surgery as ‘a painful re­minder of what hap­pened,’ the court heard.

DC Bur­nett said due to the in­juries she has given up her hob­bies of climb­ing, swimming, and walk­ing, and was forced to have her hair cut short as she can no longer hold a hairdryer. She had also been un­able to dress her­self.

Re­stric­tions have been put in place on what du­ties she can per­form at work and what roles she can ap­ply for.

The of­fi­cer said her daugh­ter had just started school at the time and she had been un­able to hug her when she felt anx­ious.

‘It’s heart­break­ing as a mother when your child needs com­fort and they are ask­ing to be picked up and you have to turn them down,’ she said. ‘This is all due to Kirsty Bearfield.’

She said she con­stantly thinks about Bearfield and said: ‘I hate that we are for­ever linked that way as I don’t think I will ever for­get her or what hap­pened. It made me leave a role I was good at. I have night­mares about her chuck­ing her son and what could have hap­pened.

‘She needs to be made to re­alise you can’t be­have like that. She robbed me of be­ing able to be a mum to my child and that I can never for­give.’

Steven Garth, de­fend­ing, said Bearfield’s par­ents were heroin ad­dicts ‘and did not want her’. She was put in care as a tod­dler and had been placed with 39 fos­ter car­ers around the coun­try by the age of five.

‘I still have night­mares’

Re­acted an­grily: Kirsty Bearfield

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