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Burton man jailed after battered baby’s ‘miracle’ recovery

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

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A BURTON man has been jailed after he left a baby with life-threatening head injuries by throwing her into her cot because she ‘would not settle’.

Peter Broadhurst was sent down following a hearing at Stafford Crown Court, where Judge Paul Glenn said the tot – who cannot be named for legal reasons – had made a ‘miracle’ recovery after doctors feared she would die, or at best be permanently brain damaged.

She had suffered a fractured skull and broken rib.

The injuries were inflicted when 19-year-old Broadhurst hurled her into a cot filled with hard plastic toys. She also hit a radiator next to it.

He later lied to the police and tried to blame the baby’s mother for the injuries.

The family of the youngster today told the Mail they were ‘pleased’ that justice had been served but said that ‘no sentence was enough for the pain and suffering they had endured’.

Broadhurst, from Burton, was sent to youth custody for 27 months after admitting a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on the child.

Judge Paul Glenn told him: “Your conduct towards that child was appalling. You lost your temper because she would not settle - there can be no justification.

“The initial prognosis was extremely gloomy, she was in a critical condition. The skill of the medical profession and the child’s resilience enabled her to make a good recovery.

“In November you blamed the mother for the injuries. That conduct was cowardly, selfish and outrageous, blaming an entirely innocent person and causing her more anguish.”

Simon Phillips, prosecuting, said Broadhurst called for an ambulance on September 30 last year.

He said: “She had sustained a large fracture to the base of her skull, with large haematoma and inter-cranial bleeding, a left rib fracture and multiple bruises on her body.

“Almost by a miracle, the medical profession have been amazed by her progress.”

Steve Hennessy, defending, said Broadhurst had never previously been in trouble and this was a seemingly isolated incident ‘revolving around him lashing out having lost his temper’.

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