Ipswich: Man, 21, denies assaulting baby on visit to her home

A DOCTOR who examined a 16-month-old baby who had allegedly been assaulted by an Ipswich man described her injuries as the most severe he had seen in the last 18 years, a court has heard.

Dr Kevin O’Neill a paediatrician at Ipswich Hospital, examined the child after a GP became concerned about her injuries during a call-out to her home and called an ambulance, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Before the court is Byron Braybrook, 21, of Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich, who has denied wounding the child with intent, assault of a child by penetration and child cruelty. The offences are alleged to have taken place on July 15 last year.

Samantha Leigh, prosecuting, described the case as “unpleasant” and told the court that the alleged offences happened during a visit by Braybrook to the child’s home.

On July 15 an Ipswich doctors’ surgery received a call asking for a home visit by a doctor because of concerns about the baby.

When the doctor examined the baby’s genitals he noticed injuries and immediately called an ambulance.

When Braybrook was initially questioned about what had happened he said he had noticed blood when he changed her nappy.

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Miss Leigh said that when Dr O’Neill examined the baby he found marks on the child’s thighs which in his opinion were gripping bruises caused by an adult hand.

The child was further examined under a general anaesthetic and was found to have “severe blunt trauma” injury to her genitals. The child’s wounds were sutured and Dr O’Neill told police that in 18 years he had not seen such severe injuries, said Miss Leigh.

She said another doctor who examined the child said the injuries had not been caused accidentally but was unable to say what had been used to cause them.

During a police interview, Braybrook denied touching the child inappropriately and said he had discovered her injuries when he changed her nappy while at her house.

The trial continues today.

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