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Man convicted of causing injury to baby.

Byline: Suzanne Evans Reporter

A MAN has been convicted of shaking a baby so hard he caused a brain haemorrhage.

The jury of seven woman and five men at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court took an hour to find Anthony Richards, 21, guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm and cruelty to a child under the age of 16 years, counts which he denied.

The jury had heard expert evidence that only vigorous shaking of the child could have caused the bleeding to the brain and eye, which had resulted in convulsions and a fit.

The baby had been left in Richards' care by the child's mum.

But the baby was found to be covered in cuts and bruises when the mother returned.

Richards, of Harris Street, Hirwaun, had attempted to persuade the jury that some of the injuries were self-inflicted.

But consultant paediatrician, Robert Evans, told the court the baby would not have been strong enough to cause the injuries suffered.

He told the jury that there were no superficial injuries to the scalp on the left side where the brain haemorrhage and blood spotting in the eye had occurred but severe shaking would have caused the internal bleeding.

"At that age I would not expect any baby to have any bruises at all," he said.

Judge Christopher Llewellyn-Jones QC remanded Richards on bail to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on March 5 for sentence.

He told him that being on bail was no indication of the sentence he could expect.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 14, 2014
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