Baby ‘seriously injured’ during assault on mother

A SENIOR Garda has told a court that a 10-month-old boy sustained “very, very serious injuries” during an assault by an 18-year-old man on the baby’s mother.

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Saturday, Inspector Tom Kennedy said the baby was hospitalised at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

Insp Kennedy said the baby sustained two broken arms — one in three places — and a broken leg. He said the baby — born on February 16 — also had multiple bruising and there was also evidence of a burn mark.

Larry Connors, aged 18, of 3 Towncourt, Shannon, was before the court in relation to three Section 2 assault charges against the baby’s mother and his girlfriend at the time, also aged 18, on three dates in December, the most recent being December 31.

Providing a background to the case when opposing bail, Insp Kennedy told the court: “The child suffered the injuries at the same time in which (the mother) was assaulted.”

Det Garda David Laing said Connors responded, “I didn’t do it” to the charges.

Insp Kennedy said possible further charges will be brought against Connors, who is unemployed and not the father of the baby who sustained the injuries.

Insp Kennedy said he was objecting to bail due to the gravity of the charges and expectant charges, claiming that the accused represented a flight risk.

Solicitor for Connors, Catríona Carmody said there was no good reason to deny bail as her client vehemently denies the charges before the court. She said he has never come to the attention of the gardaí and has no previous convictions.

Insp Kennedy said the Health Service Executive (HSE) sought an emergency care order in relation to the baby in court on Friday.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy said that he would grant bail, but stated there was to be no direct or indirect contact by Connors and the alleged victim and that Connors comply with a curfew of 8pm to 8am and sign on twice daily at Shannon Garda Station.

Judge McCarthy remanded Connors to re-appear before Shannon District Court on Thursday.

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