'Defenceless' baby boy suffers serious brain injury and fractured ribs in 'shaking' attack as man and woman jailed

A MAN and woman have been jailed after a baby boy suffered a serious brain injury and fractured ribs in horrific shaking attacks.

The boy, aged less than one year, was rushed to hospital where he was found to have a blood clot on his brain.

Medics performed emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain with further tests revealing he had other injuries that were at least ten days old.

The boy is now showing signs of slow development and is at risk of epilepsy three years after the attacks in 2018.

Ryan Briody, 35, and Rebecca Stott, 29, have been jailed for 27 months after being found guilty of two counts of causing or allowing the serious physical harm of a child.

The pair deny they were responsible for the injuries but are unable to explain how they happened.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard how the victim was taken to hospital in August 2018 where doctors realised he was "very unwell".

Experts found his injuries were "sustained by a shaking mechanism" on at least two occasions.

Briody and Stott were arrested with jurors concluding only they could have caused the injuries to the boy.

They both begged to be allowed to walk free from court but were instead jailed.

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

"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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