A TEENAGER who lost his temper when he could not stop a baby from crying, left the child with horrific injuries including seven broken bones.
Jordan Lawton, 18, squeezed the child’s chest, forced its legs together and threw a PlayStation controller at its foot in anger.
The child was left with four broken ribs, two broken legs and a broken foot, the Stoke Sentinel reported.
The Stoke-On-Trent Crown court heard the child came to the attention of the authorities after a support worker noticed a mark on its face.
The child was referred to a GP before being seen by a paediatrician.
Lawton, of Hamil Road in Burslem, reportedly accepted responsibility for causing the sickening injuries during police interviews.
Catherine O’Reilly, mitigating, said the defendant – who has no previous convictions – was 16 at the time of the offence and has been left ashamed by his actions.
She said: “He bitterly regrets what he did.”
Judge Paul Glenn told Lawton: “A doctor concluded the injuries were non-accidental.
“I accept your age and immaturity contributed significantly to what occurred and the court has to have regard to your age at the time.”
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The Judge also noted Lawton’s anxiety and depression and observed his ‘obvious’ remorse.
He suspected the risk of re-offending was low, noting that Lawson may not have any idea of the scale of damage he had inflicted.
Lawton, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was sentenced to ten months in a young offenders institution.
His sentence was suspended for 18 months with a compulsory rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days and 200 hours of unpaid work.
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