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Thug shook baby so hard she was left blind with a fractured skull and unable to walk - Yorkshire Hub

Thug shook baby so hard she was left blind with a fractured skull and unable to walk

Ross Dunn, 28, was supposed to be caring for the four-week-old girl while her mum was out

Ross Dunn

A thug babysitting a four-week-old girl shook her so hard she was left blind and will probably never walk.

Ross Dunn, 28 – who admitted having a temper problem – was supposed to be caring for the tot while her mum was out.

Instead he tried to kill the baby, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He shook her and struck her off a surface, leaving her with a fractured skull, broken leg, eye damage, bleeding and bruising. She is now registered blind.

Her mother told the High Court in Edinburgh: “She has been left with very severe lifelong disabilities. She is not mobile. She is very floppy like a small baby. She will likely never stand, walk, even sit by herself.”

Dunn denied trying to murder the child at a flat in Edinburgh on November 17, 2013, but was found guilty yesterday after a trial.

He was also convicted of failing to seek timely medical aid for the child and failing to tell doctors how she was injured.

The jury heard the child was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh where it was noted that her heart rate was very high and there were signs her brain was not working properly. A consultant noted “a high pitched scream”.

A pattern of bruising was found above the baby’s ankle which was suggestive of being caused by “gripped fingers”.

Cannabis smoker Dunn, of Wester Drylaw Place, Edinburgh, claimed he had not intentionally harmed the child but had fallen when he got up with her to get a bottle.

He agreed with Bruce Erroch, prosecuting, that he had problems with his temper and during an interview with police, he admitted he sometimes lost control quickly.

Dunn denied telling the baby’s mother: “I will go to jail for this.”

Judge Lord Malcolm deferred sentence for reports and Dunn – who has previous convictions for assault – was remanded in custody.

The judge told jurors that it had been “a stressful and difficult trial”.

Mr Erroch said: “A four-week-old baby appeared to be perfectly well when her mother left her to be looked after by Dunn.

“During the few hours she was away something happened to the baby as a consequences of which she suffered life-threatening injuries and has been left profoundly disabled.”

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