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

12:54
Ian West completed the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge to raise £1030 for CLIC Sargent

A man who has battled cancer – and lost his brother to leukaemia - undertook a gruelling 10-mile obstacle course to raise £1,030 for a charity that supported him and his family.

Read more
Trustee member Adrian Ford and chairman Rachel Johnstone presented flowers to June Waters on her last day as a volunteer at the Sid Valley Memory Cafe.

A widow has backed the Sid Valley Memory Café’s Admiral Nurse Campaign after marrying twice and seeing both husbands suffer from dementia.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:32
Josh Gutierrez will soon be heading off to Cambodia where he will take part in a VSO project. Ref shs 7653-34-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A university graduate has quit his job to go and help families in a struggling third world country.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:04
A vintage teddy donated to Jeannie and John's appeal

A couple’s appeal to raffle off teddy bears to thank a prostate cancer charity has captured the imagination of the town – and revealed the impact of the little-discussed illness.

Read more
Fri, 16:24

Sid Valley residents are being warned to be on their guard against fraudsters claiming to offer a discount or rebate on council tax.

Read more
Fri, 14:42
The Red Arrows at Sidmouth. Ref shs 5777-35-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Pictues:

Read more
Fri, 12:36

Police are appealing for information after a ‘suspicious man’ approached a young woman waiting for a bus by the mini-roundabout in Newton Poppleford to ask for directions.

Read more
Fri, 11:04
Ian Hartnell of the P4 Drivers Guild Devon hands over a cheque to John Fowler and Phil Shepperd of the Sidmouth lifeboat. Ref shs 2544-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A show of classic British cars netted £1,000 for Sidmouth Lifeboat - and the petrolheads were eager to learn about its new tractor.

Read more
Fri, 07:34
Straightgate Farm, Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 7761-07-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The public will have chance to express their views on sites earmarked for extraction of minerals across Devon as part of a 12-week consultation.

Read more
Thu, 15:34
County Hall in Exeter.

District leaders could form part of a ‘unified front’ alongside other South West authorities in a move that would see the region gain more independence from Westminster.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°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
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

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


Devon's trusted business finder