A TINY baby suffered a fractured skull after her violent father hit her mum who was holding her.
Joshua Spencer’s girlfriend, who had been feeding their four-month-old daughter, consequently dropped her and she fell onto the baby rocker leaving her with a 4cm by 2cm dent in her head.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Spencer attacked Lisa Warburton after they had been out at a party because he thought she had been flirting with a neighbour.
But the blow to the face caused Lisa Warburton to drop their baby, Casey May.
Edmund Haygarth, prosecuting, said that Spencer, who has his daughter’s name tattooed on his neck, punched Ms Warburton in the face and then either bit or punched her in the left ear.
The blow caused her to drop the baby and her head hit the frame of the baby rocker. Ms Warburton wanted to leave the house but Spencer, of Charnock, Holland Moor, Skelmersdale, would not let her go.
She managed to shout out of a bedroom window for a neighbour to call her father and he came round and after about 40 minutes they were able to leave and take the baby to the hospital and call the police.
Luckily despite suffering a depressed skull fracture the baby did not have any lasting injuries and did not require surgery.
Spencer, 21, pleaded guilty to common assault on his partner and grievous bodily harm on his daughter on the basis of recklessness and was jailed for 15 months.
Geoff Whelan, defending, said that ironically Spencer’s motivation had been the welfare of his daughter.
He said the couple had both had drink problems but his girlfriend had been drinking at the party and this is what caused the argument.
“He lost control of his emotions and lashed out and the consequences of the blow were far more serious than he intended. “He is emotionally immature and needs help to be a better parent,” he said.
Judge Mark Brown said: “I’m sure you accept this must be viewed as an extremely serious business.
“A very young child was seriously hurt because of your loss of temper.”