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Five years for baby beater

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

A MAN who almost killed a baby with a single blow to her stomach has been jailed for five years.

Andrew Knight, 28, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the 15-month-old girl.

A MAN who almost killed a baby with a single blow to her stomach has been jailed for five years.

Andrew Knight, 28, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the 15-month-old girl.

Knight, formerly of Bull Lane Corner, West Wratting, near Haverhill, had denied the offence but been found guilty at a hearing at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court last month. He had claimed the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had suffered serious stomach injuries after falling downstairs on January 15 this year.

The trial heard that Knight, who had been looking after the girl while her mother was at work, had punched, kicked or stamped on the girl's stomach so hard that her intestines ruptured and she needed emergency surgery.

Despite the child suffering other serious injuries, including a swollen pancreas and a torn intestinal membrane, Knight delayed calling an ambulance for up to eight hours and attempted to give the vomiting child milk and put her to bed.

Knight maintained his innocence at his trial, claiming the girl had fallen downstairs when he left her alone for a few minutes – and that he had not sought medical attention for her sooner because he had not seen any obvious bruising on her body.

The court heard that the child has now made a miraculous recovery from her injuries.

Sentencing Knight, Judge John Sennitt said: "The blow could have cost her her life. It was a serious incident which the court has to take a serious view of."

Investigating officer Det Sgt Ady Powell, of Suffolk police, said after the hearing: "This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on a very young child by somebody who was in a position of trust with that child. The result of the attack was that the child's life was nearly lost and the severity of that is reflected in the sentence the judge passed.

"The girl has no long-lasting effects from her injuries, which is a miracle. She has made a miraculous recovery."


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