Man and woman jailed after 'defenceless' baby suffered serious brain injury and fractured ribs during 'shaking' incidents

By Steve Robson

A man and a woman have been jailed after a 'defenceless' baby suffered a serious brain injury and fractured ribs during at least two 'shaking' incidents.

Ryan Briody, 35, and Rebecca Stott, 29, were found guilty of two counts of causing or allowing the serious physical harm of a child following a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Both defendants, originally from Oldham but now of Ward Avenue, Nottingham, continue to deny they were responsible for the injuries but are unable to explain how they happened, the court heard.

The victim, a boy less than a year old, was taken to the A&E department at Royal Oldham Hospital in August 2018.

Prosecutor Harriet Lavin told the court medics quickly realised he was 'very unwell'.

The pair were jailed at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court (ABNM Photography)

The boy was transferred to the resuscitation unit where he was subjected to a number of scans.

"The initial diagnosis was that he had suffered a subdural haemorrhage," Miss Lavin said.

Doctors went on to perform three 'taps', a procedure which involves trying to remove blood and fluid causing pressure on the brain, the court heard.

A police investigation was launched and examinations revealed the boy had suffered further injuries including fractured ribs, some of which were at least 10 days old, the court heard.

"Experts gave evidence that in their clinical view the boy's injuries were sustained by a shaking mechanism," said Miss Lavin.

"Someone who had care [of the boy] shook him in a violent way on at least two occasions."

Briody and Stott were arrested and charged and both denied causing or allowing the injuries, the court heard.

However after hearing evidence over a two-day trial, a jury agreed with prosecutors that only the two defendants could have caused or allowed the injuries to have occurred.

Neither Briody or Stott had any previous convictions and both pleaded with the court to be allowed to walk free.

The boy recovered but while experts cannot be sure of the long-term prognosis, the court heard he has shown signs of slow development and is at risk of epilepsy.

Judge Maurice Green sentenced both Briody and Stott to 27 months in prison.

"This was a particularly young child who was extremely vulnerable," said Judge Green.

"It's quite clear that only a custodial sentence can be passed.

"These are offences of a very serious nature, the infliction of injuries on at least two occasions on a defenceless child."


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