Man, 24, who shook a baby so violently that it suffered brain damage and ‘extensive bleeding’ is spared jail
- Joshua Bagshaw told medics: ‘It’s like it has a spasm and I don’t know what it is’
- Hospital doctors found the child had haemorrhaging and swelling to brain
- Bagshaw admitted two counts of GBH on basis he did not intend to cause injury
- His suspended sentence includes 30 days of rehab and 180 hours unpaid work
A man who shook a baby so violently that it suffered brain damage and ‘extensive bleeding’ has been spared jail.
Joshua Bagshaw had called paramedics to say the infant had a twitch on one side of its body.
The 24-year-old is said to have told medics: ‘It’s like it has a spasm and I don’t know what it is’.
The tot was initially taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, and doctors found the child had haemorrhaging and swelling to the brain.
Joshua Bagshaw, pictured outside court, shook a baby so violently that it suffered brain damage and ‘extensive bleeding’
The child was then transferred to Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool, where ‘extensive bleeding’ was detected.
Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that a doctor, ‘concluded the likely cause was from suffering a recent head injury or by forcible shaking’.
Bagshaw, from Abbey Hulton in Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm on the basis that he did not intend to cause injury.
Mr Smith added: ‘By his pleas of guilty he accepts the injuries were inflicted by him. The injuries were caused in two shaking-type events.’
Barry White, mitigating, said: ‘He is genuinely remorseful. He is quite affected by everything that happened.’
The 24-year-old was given a suspended sentence when he appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, pictured
The suspended sentence includes a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180 hours unpaid work.
Judge David Fletcher said: ‘The child had undergone some damage to its brain on at least two separate occasions.
‘There was shaking of the child. That is the best way of describing what occurred. You accept it was your behaviour that caused the injuries.’
The court heard the child had largely recovered from its injuries, but it is not known if they will lead to any long-term health problems.
Bagshaw must also pay £500 costs.
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