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Dad almost killed baby for crying

A MAN who bashed his five-month-old daughter so severely he left her with permanent deformities has faced court.

Ipswich District Court heard the man, now 24, was looking after the infant on his own at Ipswich when he "lost his temper" and bit, battered and crushed the little girl.

He called his parents and asked them to pick her up, and five days after the assault the baby began having difficulty breathing and turned blue.

She was rushed to Ipswich Hospital in a critical condition, where doctors spent five hours working on her.

She was in severe respiratory failure and shock, had 12 fractured ribs, a fractured skull and femur, and bruises all over her body.

As doctors worked frantically they discovered she also had suffered renal failure, collapsed lungs, pneumonia and further brain injuries from not being treated straight away after the attack.

She was transported to the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane, where she spent almost three months recovering.

Doctors also discovered older injuries that had been left untreated.

She has been left with permanent deformities and injuries, including significant developmental delays, poor lung development, scarring and impaired motor function.

The court heard the man repeatedly punched and elbowed his daughter after losing his temper at her crying.

He kneeled on her chest until her ribs were crushed, threw her into a cot and bit her face.

When questioned, he said he "accidentally bit her" when he went to kiss her, and her chest injuries were because he "accidentally tripped and fell over her".

The man pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm.

Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco told Ipswich District Court the little girl's quality of life had been affected forever.

"The injuries (she received) are approaching the worst the courts have seen," Ms Marco said.

"She received multiple blows to the body and compressions to the chest." Ms Marco said while the defendant had an IQ of only 69, he still knew how to lie.

"There are limitations in his intellectual functioning, but he can comprehend a question when asked - and he can lie if he knows the truth will incriminate him," Ms Marco said.

"He didn't seek medical help, or tell his parents or nursing staff, demonstrating an interest in self-preservation and no remorse.

"Her injuries were life-threatening and compounded by the delay in treatment."

Defence barrister John McInnes said the man had struggled at school, and was on a disability support pension.

"He lost his temper - from time to time she'd cry constantly and he just lost it," Mr McInnes said.

The court heard the offence happened on March 1 last year and the man had been in custody since four days later.

The case was adjourned for the judge to consider her sentence.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm bashing grievous bodily harm ipswich district court


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