Three-week-old Weston baby critical following suspected attack

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 November 2010

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A THREE week-old-baby has been admitted to hospital with bleeding on the brain and multiple other injuries following a suspected attack.

The child was taken to Weston General Hospital on October 30 by her mother after sustaining the head trauma and other sickening injuries, including a broken thigh and shin, cracked ribs and other bruising.

She was then transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital the same day, where the Mercury understands she remains in a critical condition.

A police investigation is underway to find out what happened to the baby, who lives in Weston.

A 29-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, also from the town, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and child cruelty and the woman has also been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

It is understood that police were notified by medical staff who treated the baby following her injuries.

A police spokesman said: “We can confirm that a three-and-a-half week old child was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“A police investigation is ongoing.”

The pair have been released on unconditional bail until next month.

North Somerset Council declined to comment this week.

But, as part of the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board, it would take part in a serious case review if a child sustains a potentially-life threatening injury or serious and permanent impairment of their health and development through abuse or neglect.

They are carried out to see what lessons, if any, could be learnt by the unitary authority and its partner agencies when dealing with similar situations.

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