A MAN from South Tyneside has been spared jail after leaving a baby with a broken arm and leg.
Josh Campbell, 20, caused the injuries by “rough handling”.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the baby was taken to hospital because its right arm was not moving freely.
An x-ray found fractures to both the baby’s arm and leg. Campbell, of Quarry Lane, South Shields, had admitted child cruelty at a previous hearing.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced Campbell to eight months in prison suspended for 18 months with supervision, saying he accepted the injuries were caused by a “momentary loss of concentration.”
He said: “You admitted rough handing. This was a result of a momentary loss of concentration. It is accepted that this not long term behaviour on your part.
“I don’t consider you are a dangerous offender.
“Sending you to immediate custody is going to achieve very little in this case.”
Michael Hodson, prosecuting, had earlier told the court: “This is a case of rough handling and reckless behaviour.
“The crown would describe him as somewhat self absorbed.
“It is clear the defendant has a short fuse. The defendant has a problem with his temper, particularly when he drinks it seems to get worse.”
He added: “When he was told about the injuries he became very silent and dropped his head.”
Katherine Dunn, defending, said: “He is a 20-year-old man who is young, immature, naive and ignorant in child care.
“The injuries were caused when he was rough handling the child. He has learned a very harsh lesson indeed.”
Campbell was also ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.