Custody an option for baby-swing man

AN IPSWICH man who swung a baby six feet up in the air by his wrist and then hit him in the face has been warned that he could be sent to prison when he is sentenced next month.

AN IPSWICH man who swung a baby six feet up in the air by his wrist and then hit him in the face has been warned that he could be sent to prison when he is sentenced next month.

David Heslop, 29, of Brickfield Close, Ipswich, admitted assaulting the child by beating on December 20 when he appeared before South East Magistrates.

John Hardwick, prosecuting said Helsop had been out for a Christmas drink when the incident happened.

The baby had been crying when Heslop had picked him up by his wrist and swung him six feet into the air.

He had then pushed the palm of his hand into the baby's face and had then hit him in the face with his open hand.

After his arrest Heslop told police he couldn't remember what he had done.

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Magistrates adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report until January 22 and warned him that all sentencing options, including custody, would be open to the court.

The bench ordered that the child should not be identified because of his age.

Heslop was released on conditional bail.