Infant brain damage can happen at birth but it can also happen due to abuse. Sometimes a parent cannot handle the stresses of new parenthood and snap. We have an example of such a case in the UK today. Devon Live reports.
A father has been told he will go to jail after slamming his three-week-old daughter’s head against a kitchen counter and then lying about it.
Robin Bearman was getting up to feed the child at 6 AM and felt a flash of frustration at the crying. He shook the baby and caused two skull fractures and brain bleeding. Fortunately, the baby was able to get to the ICU in time and has made a good recovery in the two years since the attack.
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Initially, Bearman told his wife that he banged the baby’s head while opening a cupboard. But then doctors told his wife that could not be true given the injuries. Then he lied again saying he dropped the baby and she hit her head on his knee. The truth came out after three specialists testified in Family Court that the injuries needed more force than a drop.
The father admitted to the injuries. Since the incident, the mother of the child has divorced the father.