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Family torment after attack on baby court case

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

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THE family of a tot left fighting for her life after being thrown into her cot by her childminder ‘because she would not settle’ have revealed their lives ‘will never be the same’.

Members of the family, who cannot be named to protect the youngster’s identity, broke their silence to lift the lid on the ‘pain and anguish’ they have suffered.

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

Monday’s hearing at Stafford Crown Court heard that the 19-year-old threw the young girl into her cot filled with hard toys, leaving her with a fractured skull and broken rib.

Luckily, the tot made a ‘miracle’ recovery despite doctors fearing she would die, or at best be permanently brain damaged.

The family told the Mail: “We are so glad that some kind of action has been taken after what happened, but no sentence was ever going to be enough for what we have been through.

“When you look at it on the face of things, 27 months is not a lot really and we obviously feel he should have been handed a much longer and tougher sentence.

“The case and what happened to the baby has had a massive impact on our family and it is something we are all still struggling to overcome, but it has been a big test of all of us.

“At the end of the day, the main thing is that the little one caught up in all of this is, hopefully, going to live a full and happy life with no long-term effects.

“It is the one and only saving grace out of this whole episode.”

After the case, Judge Paul Glenn told Broadhurst: “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.”

It was also revealed Broadhurst had tried to blame the baby’s mother for the injuries.

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