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Depressed teenage mother threw baby across room.

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

A young mother “exploded into a fit of rage” and threw her five-week-old baby two metres into a couch, causing brain damage and temporary blindness. The 20-year-old farm worker from Featherston was sentenced in Masterton District Court yesterday to six months’ community detention in a case the judge described as “difficult and very sad circumstances”.

The infant boy had woken up crying about 11pm one night in November last year. The woman, who was 19 at the time, was upset after a quarrel with her partner. The court was told she was also suffering from depression. She took the baby to the lounge to try to calm him but he would not settle. “You exploded into a fit of rage,” Judge Denys Barry told her. “The child was not going down and you threw him in the direction of the couch about two metres from where you were standing.”

Hearing him crying softly, she realised what she had done and picked him up and tried to comfort him. The baby began to fit and vomit and continued to have seizures through the night. In the morning she took him to the house of her sister, who sought medical help and the baby was transferred to Wellington Hospital.

The baby suffered swelling to the brain and cell death, haemorrhages in the eye – causing doctors to worry that he would be permanently blind – and severe damage to the back of his brain, injuries that police said were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Categories: Abuse, Child Abuse
  1. December 23, 2009 at 6:48 am

    This is so sad… that poor baby.
    I wish more young new parents would realize that no baby was ever harmed by being left to cry while they take a step outside for a breather (by “outside”, I mean just outside… not down the street to the bar, as I’ve read in too many stories.) I think that cases like this would be far fewer if more parents would put the baby down and walk away for about 10 minutes. Often, the baby will just cry himself back to sleep withing a couple minutes anyway.

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