July 2015

Thug shook baby so hard she was left blind with fractured skull and unable to walk

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A man has been found guilty of an assault which left a four-week-old baby girl with a fractured skull, broken leg and eye damage so severe she is registered blind.

Ross Dunn, 28 – who admitted having a temper problem – was supposed to be caring for the tot while her mum was out.

Instead he tried to kill the baby, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He shook her and struck her off a surface, leaving her with a fractured skull, broken leg, eye damage, bleeding and bruising. She is now registered blind.

Her mother told the High Court in Edinburgh: “She has been left with very severe lifelong disabilities. She is not mobile. She is very floppy like a small baby. She will likely never stand, walk, even sit by herself.”

Sentence was deferred for background reports to be prepared.
The court heard Dunn shook the little girl and struck her off a surface after he was left looking after the baby and her older sister when her mother went out.

Dunn, of Wester Drylaw Place, had denied attempting to murder the child at a flat in Edinburgh on 17 November 2013 but was found guilty after a trial.

He was also convicted of failing to seek timely medical aid for the child and failing to tell doctors how she was injured.

Dunn had claimed that he had a “really heavy fall” while holding the child.

Prosecutors maintained that the pattern of multiple injuries found on the child was not consistent with an accident.

The advocate depute said that injuries found on the baby were consistent with shaking.

Bruce Erroch said the consequences were “the most appalling combination of disability for a baby to live with for the rest of her life”.

The prosecutor said that Dunn was “a man who by his own admission has problems with his temper”.

The jury heard the child was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh where it was noted that her heart rate was very high and there were signs her brain was not working properly. A consultant noted “a high pitched scream”.

A pattern of bruising was found above the baby’s ankle which was suggestive of being caused by “gripped fingers”.

Dunn claimed he had not intentionally harmed the child but had fallen when he got up with her to get a bottle.

He agreed with Bruce Erroch, prosecuting, that he had problems with his temper and during an interview with police, he admitted he sometimes lost control quickly.

Dunn denied telling the baby’s mother: “I will go to jail for this.”