Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Mum guilty of assaulting paramedics and police

PUBLISHED: 12:04 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:04 17 February 2014

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

Archant

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.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Money will be used to fund workshops on financial planning, IT and nutrition

Read more

Plans are afoot that could bring thousands of walkers a year to Sidmouth and communities across the cider-producing South West.

Read more

Organisers of Sidmouth’s annual Swimathon have thanked participants for going the extra length for a trio of causes.

Read more

St John’s School bosses have defended its headmaster after a joke he made about dressing up as a character from erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey on World Book Day made national headlines.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

Sidmouth Cricket Club has lost one of its best-known and most vociferous supporters following the death of Peter Cooke.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30

A lively band that has been getting toes tapping since 1978 will be coming to Sidmouth as the 1st Sid Vale Scouts stage a barn dance at their new HQ.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:49

‘interpretation boards’ to be placed in Sidmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Budliegh Salterton and Exmouth

Read more
Yesterday, 12:39

St John’s School bosses have defended its headmaster after a joke he made about dressing up as a character from erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey on World Book Day made national headlines.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:38

An Ottery group is putting the spotlight on Syria to raise awareness about the war-torn country’s refugees.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:31

An appeal for information has been issued after 50 dead hens were found dumped in a layby near Ottery.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications