Man's ‘poor' father skills

A FATHER who neglected his two-year-old son has been sentenced to 18 months probation in Bundaberg District Court.

The man, who can't be named to protect the child's identity, was due to face a trial by jury yesterday for four counts of assault causing bodily harm, but pleaded guilty to a new indictment for three charges of negligent acts causing harm.

Prosecutor Ken Spinaze told the court the first incident occurred some time between September 30, 2009 and February 10, 2010, where the accused had used force to squeeze a pimple on his son's scrotum.

Judge Michael Rackemann heard a few weeks later the man, who was 23 at the time, had left the child unattended on top of a bed.

"The child had fallen off the bed and hit the wooden floor, and suffered bruising under his left eye," Mr Spinaze said.

The father's final charge came from when the child was left unattended in the bath tub.

Barrister Harry Fong admitted his client had "poor parenting skills" and a limited education.

Judge Rackemann said the charges had been triggered by information being passed on from hospital authorities to the police.

"He was, in short, a little man who had not been treated in the way any two-year-old has a right to be treated," he said.

The man was also ordered to attend a parenting program.



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