Man cleared of child attack charges

A 19-year-old man has been cleared of seriously injuring a child.An Ipswich Crown Court jury found Luke Sims, of Prickwillow, Ely, not guilty of causing a child grievous bodily harm.

A 19-year-old man has been cleared of seriously injuring a child.

An Ipswich Crown Court jury found Luke Sims, of Prickwillow, Ely, not guilty of causing a child grievous bodily harm.

They had not reached a decision on the charge of child cruelty and Judge John Devaux gave them a majority direction asking for at least 10 of them to reach a verdict on that count.

The child, who has now made a full recovery, suffered five broken ribs, a broken forearm, retinal haemorrhages and bleeding into the brain, while in the care of Sims and his co-defendant.

Sims co-defendant Carly Morris, 18, of Burrell Road, Ipswich, has been cleared of four offences of child cruelty.

The jury is expected to reach its final verdicts today (Fri).

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