Baby 'shaken until eyes bled'

A BUNDABERG man shook his five-month-old baby until his eyes bled internally, a court was told yesterday.

The 24-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with grievous bodily harm after his son suffered bleeding to his brain, a fractured skull and bleeding in his retina in November 2008.

Police tapes played to the court yesterday revealed doctors who assessed the baby’s condition thought the only way the boy could sustain the injury to his eyes was if he had been shaken.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens played several taped interviews with the man, his 20-year-old partner, and the woman’s parents during the start of his committal hearing yesterday.

The court was told the father had been left alone with his baby and the couple’s two-year-old daughter as his partner went to work as a kitchenhand on November 12.

During a taped police interview, the man said he left the baby sleeping in the lounge, while his daughter was with him as he set up the baby’s room.

He said he then heard his son screaming.

“I picked him up and he was like jelly,” the man said.

“It was like he was unconscious.”

The man told detectives he bundled the kids into the car, picked his partner up from work and then drove to their family doctor, who told them to go to Bundaberg Hospital.

But he said he was unsure of the timing of the morning’s events.

The baby was later rushed to the Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital with the injuries to his skull, eyes and brain.

The hearing, which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial, continues.

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