Mum stopped paramedics treating baby in abuse mix up

13:50 11 February 2014

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

Archant

An angry mother allegedly tried to throw paramedics out of her home because she thought she had been falsely accused of injuring her baby, a court heard.

The Sidbury woman called for an ambulance after her son cut his head in an accident with a pair of kitchen scissors.

A trial at Exeter Crown Court was told the parent became upset once the crew arrived.

She refused to let two paramedics treat the child or take him to hospital and ended up lashing out at them and two police who came to arrest her.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies child neglect and four counts of assault by beating.

Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said there is no suggestion of deliberate harm or cruelty and the charge is brought on the basis the mother tried to prevent prompt treatment of the child.

He said the injury occurred when her partner dropped a pair of scissors which landed on the baby and caused a cut on its head.

Mr Evans added that the mother had drunk four or five cans of Strongbow cider and became upset when emergency nurse Raymond Bowden arrived and her partner made a comment which suggested she had thrown the scissors.

He said: “This is a case where the jury will not have to decide if she caused deliberate injury. It is about her initially doing everything one would expect but then becoming upset.

“We are not saying she threw the scissors but her partner’s words led to the situation Mr Bowden found himself in. Things became more and more heated as far as this defendant is concerned.

“This mother was in drink and became offended because she was asked the usual questions about the mechanism of how the injury came about.

“The ambulance service personnel became involved in trying to restrain a female who was totally out of control. It was a situation born out of a misunderstanding and not helped by her being in drink.”

Mr Evans said the mother told the ambulance crew the child did not need to go to hospital and then said she would take the baby herself by bus.

She became more upset and tried to throw the two crewmen out of her home and lashed out at them as well as two police who were called to arrest her.

The mother denies doing anything which could have caused any harm to her child and says she was defending herself and trying to protect her baby during the incident.

The trial continues.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:28
Georgia Ruse and Chloe Towers with two of the brollies they used to keep dry. Ref shs 6981-21-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A pair of kind-hearted teens swapped revision for rushing to the rescue of a stricken pensioner who had been knocked over by strong winds.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:31
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7701-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Campaigners have expressed their disappointment after a bid to safeguard Knowle’s parkland was rejected this week.

Read more
Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Ottery 10K run took place at the weekend. Ref sho 6997-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A popular 10-kilometre run through Ottery St Mary made a successful return after a three-year break - with hundreds of fleet-footed fundraisers taking part in aid of a cancer charity.

Read more
Sunday, May 24, 2015
The cut out card

This small item is just one of the objects featured in a new exhibition at Sidmouth Museum.

Read more
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1231-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Dan Lavery is determined Devon Freewheelers will help save lives – as a Belfast ‘hidden hero’ undoubtedly helped saved wife Shelley’s life in 2005.

Read more
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Afternoon tea for Nancy Bowstead an RBL member for 70 years. Ref shs 6853-21-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A registered blind Royal British Legion (RBL) stalwart of seven decades is saying goodbye to Sidmouth - but will continue to raise money for the cause at the age of 93.

Read more
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Sam Bader

Dad-of-one Sam Bader, 28, who grew up in Ottery St Mary, supports Devon Freewheelers by sponsoring one of the motorbikes, Bravo One.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Independent councillors call for extraordinary meeting to debate the office relocation

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1256-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers founder Daniel Lavery will do whatever it takes to keep his lifeline service on the road so other families can receive the same help and care that saved his wife’s life.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Tanya Trevena with girl guides from Honiton and Sidmouth at the weekend collecting for her sailing challenge.

Guides from Sidmouth and Honiton did their best to help one of their own - as she prepares for a five-day sailing challenge.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder