A thug left an 18-month-old girl with two broken arms when she wouldn’t stop crying. Connor Brown, 22, admitted assaulting the girl after the child’s mother told how she heard a crack when the tot’s arms were forced behind her back.
Brown had the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on his lap when it became upset.
The girl’s mother told how she witnessed the incident in the living room of her home in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.
At Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, she initially told medics the girl had fallen behind a television set but staff became suspicious.
The mother was later challenged by medical staff and police and admitted Brown had been responsible.
An examination revealed that both of the child’s humerus bones had been fractured.
Brown later told police he was not at the house before changing his story and claiming he had taken a fit or a seizure and when he came round the child was injured.
The child has made a full recovery but both arms were put in plaster for a number of weeks to heal.
Brown, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, has appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted assaulting the girl to her severe injury in September 2018.
A further hearing will be heard after prosecutors rejected his claims that he had caused the injuries because of his medical condition.
Evidence will be heard before Sheriff Thomas Millar makes a ruling.
Depute fiscal Neil Thomson said: “On the morning of the day libelled the accused along with the child’s mother and the infant child were within the address.
“From the account given by the mother it appears that the child was crying and upset and that Connor Brown had the child in his lap trying to comfort the child.
”During that process she heard the sound described as a crack and the child reacted and became extremely distressed.
“He was directed to leave and the mother sought advice from her own mother and they went to Hairmyres Hospital.
“At the hospital the mother gave an account which she suggested that the child had fallen behind the television set within the locus.
“Medical staff established that the child had sustained fractures to the humerus bones on both arms.
“They also noted it to be spiral which is in keeping with a twisting action being used to apply direct pressure to that area.
“Consequently staff became suspicious of the account given by the mother and suspected these were non-accidental injuries.”
The court heard that the injuries were consistent with the arms being bent backwards by direct force and that is was ‘highly improbable’ that they had occurred by accident.
Mr Thomson added: “During interview he gave an account of being present and having the infant in his lap and him then taking a fit or a seizure and when he recovered, he became aware that the child was highly distressed.
“The Crown does not accept that position.”
Ian Scott, defending, said: “The child has made a full recovery and that is what was concerning him most.
“It is his position that he suffered a fit or a seizure before this incident.
“He is horrified that it has come to this extent.
“The Crown does not accept the position that a seizure was responsible and that will require evidence to be led.”
Sheriff Millar deferred the case until next month and continued Brown’s bail.
He added: “If this is being contested then we will need to have a mitigation proof hearing.
“I will allow him to remain on bail but have to say that if his explanation is not accepted then this is a very serious offence which will carry a very serious penalty with custody almost inevitable.”