August 2015

Man who caused baby life-long injuries jailed for two years

Mark Spike

A 24-year-old man who was found guilty of grievous bodily harm after shaking a baby, causing her life-long injuries including partial blindness, has been jailed for two years.

Mark Spike was found guilty of grievous bodily harm at Ipswich Crown court today, Thursday 13 August.

Spike was charged in April 2014 following police enquiries into the injuries sustained by a baby girl in October 2013.

Paramedics had been called to an address in Newmarket on 23 October 2013 to reports that the five-month-old girl was having breathing problems and vomiting.

While the paramedics were there she had a seizure and was taken to Addenbrookes hospital where she was found to have a brain injury and retinal haemorrhages. After examination by specialist doctors and surgeons this was determined to be a non-accidental injury – either an inflicted head trauma or a shaking-type injury.

The little girl is now registered blind and it is uncertain how the brain injury will affect her future development.

Police began an investigation, interviewing the child’s parents and looking into the circumstances of what had happened.

Mark Spike later made admissions, in a separate county court hearing, to shaking the baby after she had refused to take her bottle and began crying. He was subsequently charged with wounding/ GBH.

Sadly the little girl may never fully recover from the injuries she sustained, and it isn’t clear how the brain injury will affect her in future. Our thoughts remain with her and her family.