A STANLEY man who attacked two babies – leaving one in a coma – has been jailed for five years.
City supermarket worker Adam James Hewitt, 25, battered, shook and squeezed his girlfriends’ children in two separate incidents, Hull Crown Court heard.
A judge, who branded Hewitt a danger to children, varied reporting restrictions about the Wakefield link after hearing representations from the Express.
The court heard how Hewitt wounded the children in 2007 and 2009 and left them with injuries similar to those suffered by car crash victims.
The former pig farmer assaulted his first victim after meeting a young mother in Bridlington in 2007. The 13-month -old tot suffered a complex skull fracture after the child’s mother went out shopping and left her little one alone with Hewitt.
The couple’s relationship ended as suspicions grew over his involvement.
But in 2008 he met the mother of another young baby.
She noticed marks on her 10-month-old baby and a red handprint on its face, but refused to believe Hewitt was responsible.
East Riding Council’s social services department warned her of Hewitt’s previous behaviour during a phone call, but they failed to remove the baby from his care.
Four weeks later he squeezed and shook her baby, causing a serious head injury that left the child in a coma.
The trial also heard the victim had “historical” rib fractures and a broken leg.
Hewitt denied the charges but was convicted of wounding after a trial last month. Prosecutor James Byatt told the sentencing hearing last Friday that the first child has made a remarkable recovery but the second infant has cerebral palsy and was showing problems with his movements and speech.
Anil Murray, mitigating, said: “In my submission the overwhelming likelihood is that the jury found there was loss of control momentarily here where the defendant couldn’t cope, I don’t know, with crying or whatever but this was a short term loss of temper.”
The court heard Hewitt had no relevant previous convictions. Mr Murray added: “He has moved away from this area, lived in the West Riding, seems to have turned his life around and matured and had worked.”
Judge Jeremy Baker QC, passing sentence, said he had read a probation report which said Hewitt posed a “high risk of serious harm towards children”.
He added: “In my judgement you are a person who is unsuitable to be left in sole charge of such young children. There is a clear risk in the future you would not be able to control your temper.”