The Chronicle today carries the story of David Cox, a young student who accidentally injured a baby by lifting it in the air without supporting it’s head. The baby’s injuries were not insignificant, it was in hospital for ten days and suffered seizures and a brain haemorrhage. Fortunately for all involved, the baby went on to make a full recovery.
David Cox avoided prison and was placed under a supervised community order for 12 months.
The judge said “I accept that this was an injury that was caused during a reckless handling of this small child. The prosecution accept you did not intend to cause this child any harm whatsoever. Had it been intentional, you would have been going to prison for about three years – but it wasn’t. Most importantly of all, the youngster is alright, thank God.”
The prosecutor himself said:
“The Crown cannot say this was a deliberate assault and do not seek to say that the defendant intended to cause any harm, let alone grievious bodily harm.”
And Jamie Adams, defending Mr Cox said ““This, in 36 years of being at the bar, this is the lowest reprehensibility that you could get. It must be just on the very edge of criminal intent, it was a thoughtless act. He had no experience of children. He is so deeply, deeply sorry.”
So, baby okay and reckless idiot suitably reprimanded in the eyes of those who have studied the facts of the case – the prosecutor and defending representative and the judge. Time for everyone involved to move on?
It would appear not.
I’m sure ladies everywhere are grateful to Annie for that piece of advice.