Mum guilty of assaulting daughter, aged 5 months

A mother yesterday pleaded guilty to wilful neglecting and assaulting her then five-month-old daughter, who allegedly sustained a skull fracture and other bone injuries.

Mum guilty of assaulting daughter, aged 5 months

At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, the 21-year-old Clare woman pleaded guilty to wilfully assaulting and neglecting the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary injury to the child’s health and seriously affect her well being.

The woman cannot be named in order to protect the identity of her daughter, now aged two.

The offence is alleged to have taken place on dates between August 23, 2014, and February 13, 2015.

Philip Rahn, prosecuting, told Judge Gerald Keys that the plea is acceptable to the State on a full facts basis.

The woman was also charged with the assault causing harm of the baby and Mr Rahn said the State will enter a nolle prosequi in relation to that charge.

In the case, the child was admitted to University Hospital Limerick on February 13, 2015, for the treatment of a fractured left arm and bruising to the face.

However, it will be alleged medics at the hospital then carried out a full skeletal survey of the baby that detected older injuries — a healing fracture of the left tibia; a healing fracture of the right femur; and an older right-sided skull fracture.

Mr Rahn said the State was agreeable to sentencing in the case being adjourned to next year and the woman was remanded on continuing bail to January 16.

In preparation for the sentencing, a psychological report is to be carried out on the mother.

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