British Man Jailed Who Almost Killed Baby After Urging Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 10, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 10
, 2006

London, England ( — A British man who suggested his wife have an abortion and almost killed his prematurely born baby will be headed to jail for 18 months. Andrew Wakeham slapped the crying infant so hard on the head that the imprint of his hand was visible four days later.

Wakeham struck the six-month old baby girl, who was born prematurely and in a hospital for the first three months of her life, because she continued to cry during a birthday party celebration at his home.

The Cambridge Crown Court was told that the baby girl’s mother, Janey, didn’t notice the results of the abuse until the next morning when the baby could not open her eye. There were also visible bruises at the time.

According to a Cambridge Evening News report, prosecutor Claire Matthews said Wakeham admitted to his wife that he struck the child but told her not to take the baby to the doctor because of an official holiday that day.

Instead, the couple took the baby girl to the zoo but Janey, worried about the child’s welfare, took pictures of the injuries with her cell phone and called police.

The Evening News reported that doctors found significant bruising and the baby’s skull was fractured. There was also bleeding into the baby girl’s brain as a result of the abuse.

Wakeham, who Janey said was very upset when he found out she was pregnant and urged her to have an abortion, initially lied to police and told them he must have accidentally hit her head when putting the baby in a carseat.

However, prosecutors told the court that medical experts said the baby’s injuries came as a result of a single blow to the head.

Defense attorney James Doyle said Wakeham accepted responsibility for the injuries "and expressed sincere remorse for what he did," according to the newspaper.

The baby is now two years old and has recovered from the injury.