Leeds babysitter’s bathtime attack

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A VIOLENT young thug who repeatedly slapped a two-year-old baby after losing his temper when he tried to bath him had been jailed.

Leon Fenton, 20, carried out the attack while the youngster’s mother went to a family party.

Doctors who examined his injuries said they were consistent with the child being repeatedly hit. They were forceful enough to inflict grievous bodily harm to an adult.

Leeds Crown Court heard Fenton had briefly been in a relationship with the baby’s mother when he agreed to look after the boy at her flat in Leeds on December 15 last year.

When she returned she noticed her son was unsettled and had a mark on his face. Fenton claimed the baby had come out in a rash and then said he had fallen out of bed.

Fenton then threatened her when she said she was calling the police. He told her: “He has only fallen. I will get done for this. I will come back for you.”

Police and paramedics were called to the house and the baby was taken to hospital. He was found to have bruising to his shoulders, face, temple and around his eye.

Fenton, of Henshaw Mews, Leeds, was arrested and told officers he had “just lost it” as he was bathing the baby.

He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard he has previous convictions for affray, assault, criminal damage, having a bladed weapon and being drunk and disorderly.

Nicholas Askins, mitigating, said Fenton should be given credit for pleading guilty and sparing the baby’s mother from have to give evidence at a trial.

He said: “It’s not an easy offence for a man to admit.”

Fenton shouted abuse from the dock at Recorder Helen Proops as she summarised the injuries he had caused.

Jailing him for 16 months, she told Fenton: “You are finding it very difficult to hear what you actually did and it is time you faced up to it.

“It is shameful behaviour and you have to listen to it.”

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