Baby 'hurt by toddlers'

THE partner of a man accused of shaking his baby told detectives that toddlers could have caused her son’s injuries, a court heard yesterday.

The woman’s partner, a 26-year-old Bundaberg man who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with grievous bodily harm after his five-month-old boy suffered bleeding to his brain, a fractured skull and bleeding in his retina.

The Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told the only way the eye injuries could have been caused was by “violently shaking” the baby.

During the second day of the committal hearing, several tapes were played of police interviews with the man and his partner, who was 20 at the time of the alleged incident.

During the interviews — held a week after the boy was hospitalised — the woman told detectives several different stories of how her son may have received the injuries, including being left alone with toddlers.

Detective Sergeant Jeremy Novosel replied it was strange she was changing her story when she seemed so sure in their initial talks of her baby’s movements and who had cared for the child.

The court was told she approached the detective with the information after the Department of Child Safety restricted her and her partner’s access to the baby.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court 20 witnesses would also be required for cross-examination. The case has been adjourned.



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