21-year-old man jailed for causing life changing injuries to a baby

A man has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for causing life changing injuries to a baby left in his care.

Callum Marriott, aged 21, of Bassett Road, Wednesbury, was found guilty of wounding by a jury after an eight-day trial.

The child has Global Development Delay meaning that he takes longer to reach certain milestones than other children of his age. The boy has severely restricted vision, does not talk and has only just started walking.

Marriott was left in charge of the baby for just a few minutes when it is believed he shook the child so violently that he went limp and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Doctors found the baby had a bruise on his cheek, and his fontanelle, or soft spot on the top of his head, was tense, which led to seizures.

Subsequent scans confirmed bleeding on the brain and within the eyes. There was also evidence of older bleeding indicating that this was not the first injury.

In court specialists concluded that the injuries could not have been accidental.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kim Savage from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: