Vile couple who threw a 10-week-old baby onto a hard surface and fractured its skull are jailed after X-rays revealed 15 ‘horrific’ injuries
- Rowan Spodris and David Andrew Toye left baby boy 15 injuries after attack
- He suffered a broken leg after his body was smashed onto a hard surface
- Toye, 32, was jailed for 13 months and Spodris, 25, for 11 months for cruelty
A vile couple who smashed a 10-week-old baby onto a hard surface and fractured its skull have been jailed for a ‘horrific’ campaign of abuse.
Vicious Rowan Spodris, 25, and David Toye, 32, yanked, grabbed and threw the baby boy onto a hard surface in a sustained attack.
The boy’s brutal injuries were only discovered after a health worker raised the alarm in March last year.
Vicious Rowan Spodris, 25, and David Toye, 32, left a 10-week-old baby with 15 injuries including a fractured skull after a campaign of ‘horrific’ abuse
The tot, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital where an X-ray revealed its left thigh was fully broken.
Further tests uncovered 15 fractures of differing ages which experts say occurred over at least six occasions, a court heard.
Those include a fractured left femur, three fractures to right and left arm as a result of gripping or pulling, left rib fractures due to forced squeezing.
Doctors also shockingly found the baby had a complex skull fracture which was indicative of him being dropped from a minimum of 90cm, or the height of a kitchen worktop, a court heard.
Pictured: X-ray pictures show the brutal fracture suffered by the baby
It was concluded fractures were highly suggestive of non-accidental injuries due to forceful mishandling.
Prosecuting, Stephen Dent, said the abuse was only revealed when health visitor Jaqueline Frey found the baby with a badly swollen left leg, which looked like its hip was out of place.
The tot was rushed to children’s hospital and has now made a full recovery following the sickening assault.
Fiona Elder, defending Toye, said: ‘It is not accepted he was aware that level of physical harm was likely to be caused.
Pictured: An x-ray of the fractured thigh suffered by the baby
‘Neither can be sentenced for causing injury to this young child.’
She said Toye was of previous good character with a good work record.
Giles Nelson, defending Spodris, said: ‘There is no evidence of manifest pain and suffering on behalf of this child for a protracted period of time.’
Spodris and Toye both admitted child cruelty and were jailed for 11 and 13 months respectively.
Before sentencing Judge James Patrick told the pair: ‘Neither of you have had the courage to say what happened.
‘The fractures were of different ages and experts say they occurred on at least six occasions.’
The judge barred both from working with children and vulnerable adults.
Investigating officer Det Con Stacey Matthews said: ‘This is a horrific case in which a very young victim suffered some horrendous injuries all over his body.
‘Medical examinations found the injuries he suffered could not have been caused by accident.
‘While we cannot definitively say how these injuries were caused, or who caused them, both Spodris and Toye have admitted a charge of child cruelty which covers their criminal ill-treatment of this victim.
‘Thankfully the child has made a full recovery from his injuries and is now safe and well.
‘I’d like to praise the vigilance of the health professional who spotted this victim’s injuries and all the witnesses who provided statements in this case, helping to secure these convictions.’
Speaking after the sentencing, NSPCC spokesman for South West England said: ‘The details of this case are deeply upsetting, and highlight the serious impact that neglect can have on a child.
‘Neglect can wreak havoc on a child’s development, emotional well-being, ability tp form relationships, and mental health.
‘It is right that Spodris and Toye have been brought to justice for this crime, which has clearly had an enormous impact on this baby.’