A TWO-MONTH-OLD baby suffered a brain injury after being shaken by his father, a court heard.
Bradford Crown Court was told the baby became ill after his father threw him in the air and spun him around. The dad told police he had been over zealous, it was alleged.
The next day, paramedics had to be called to the family home in Keighley after the tot was violently sick and became floppy. The prosecution claimed that was due to the baby being shaken by his father.
The 40-year-old man, who cannot be identified in order to protect the child, pleaded not guilty to two charges of child cruelty, on consecutive days in April 2013.
Prosecutor Matthew Bean said it was alleged the defendant wilfully ill-treated his son on the first occasion and wilfully assaulted him on the second.
Mr Bean said that before the incidents there had been no concerns about the baby’s health or development, and no concerns had been raised about his parents. But he said that on two separate occasions, the father acted in such a way as to harm the boy in what amounted to child cruelty.
He said that on April 20, 2013, the defendant wilfully ill-treated the boy. This was based on admissions he made in police interviews, the prosecutor alleged.