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Mum guilty of assaulting paramedics and police

12:04 17 February 2014

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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A mother has been found guilty of attacking ambulance crew and police who tried to calm her down after her baby son was hurt in a domestic accident.

The Sid Valley woman became angry because she thought she was being accused of abusing the little boy who suffered a cut on his head from a pair of scissors which fell from a kitchen counter.

She claimed she had been the victim of assaults by the paramedics and police during a short and angry encounter at her home.

The woman was found guilty after a four-day trial in which the jury at Exeter Crown Court heard from all the emergency service crew who were called to the incident.

The woman denied child neglect and four offences of assault by beating.

She was found not guilty of neglect on the orders of Judge Jeremy Griggs but convicted by the jury on all the other charges and her sentence was adjourned for a probation report.

The judge told her: “I am entirely satisfied that a pre-sentence report will be essential in this case.”

He bailed her until next month.

During the trial, emergency nurse Raymond Bowden told how a routine call escalated into violence when the mother, who had dialed 999 after the baby was hurt, changed her mind about him needing hospital treatment.

He said she had become angry and abusive while he was asking questions about the child and the injury and rushed at him, making him worry he was about to be attacked.

A second ambulance man and two police who were called to the incident say they were hit, pinched or kicked as they tried to persuade the mother to let her child go to hospital.

She told the jury she had never sought to prevent the baby being treated but become upset when she felt she was being accused falsely of child abuse.

She said the violence started when Mr Bowden grabbed her wrists and pinned her down at the foot of her stairs after she shouted at him to get out of her home.

She said: “I never stopped my son being taken to hospital. I felt the questions Mr Bowden was asking appeared to be insinuating we had wilfully injured the baby.

“I found his questions aggressive and antagonising. We had made it clear it was an accident. It raised my levels of anxiety.

“He launched himself at me and grabbed my wrists and pinned me to the floor. I was pushed against the stairs. I was shocked at what he had done.”

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