Man admits slapping toddler across face

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A MAN who admitted slapping a three-year-old girl after losing his temper has had his case adjourned for a probation service report.

Aiden Taylor, of Keats Avenue, pleaded guilty yesterday (Wednesday) at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court to assaulting the youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in an incident last August.

The court heard Taylor, 21, hit the toddler once across the side of her face with the open palm at a property in Worsley Mesnes.

Taylor originally pleaded not guilty to the offence after telling police in interview that he had only shouted at the youngster, but subsequently decided to accept he had committed the assault before a trial could begin.

The court heard the incident occurred in a bedroom of the property while Taylor was trying to change the nappy of his baby daughter, and the victim was also present.

Taylor initially told the girl to move from the bed, and as she went to leave the room the incident occurred.

Glenn Anderton, prosecuting, said: “He accepts he has momentarily lost his temper and suffered a loss of control because he was annoyed.

“This incident is also aggravated due to the disparity in ages between the victim and the defendant.”

Mr Anderton told the court the defendant admitted in interviews with police having a cannabis habit, but Glen Wrigley, defending, said he had received help to stop taking drugs and he was not under the influence at the time of the assault.

Mr Wrigley said his client deeply regretted his actions.

“He shouldn’t have done it, and he knows that. It has taken some courage but it was the right decision to admit the offence and not to go through with a trial,” he said.

“I agree this is a serious matter, but there was no premeditation and hasn’t wanted to strike the child or thought about doing so. It was an isolated incident and there has been and will be no repeat of it.”

The case has now been adjourned while the probation service prepare a pre-sentencing report.

The magistrates released Taylor on conditional bail, banning him from entering the street where the assault took place or contacting the occupier of the property where the incident took place and preventing him having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 unless directed by social services.

The case will return to court on February 3.