I’m sorry I broke a baby’s ribs – I was only trying to punch the child’s mother, drunk thug, 39, tells court
- Aaron Leigh Bielby, 39, broke 9 of baby’s ribs in Wrexham ‘trying to punch mum’
- He was sentenced to 21 months at Mold Crown Court today after pleading guilty
A man who broke nine of a baby’s ribs was trying to punch the child’s mother during a row after he entered her home with 25 bottles of beer, a court has heard.
Thug Aaron Leigh Bielby, 39, hit the woman ‘like a boxer’ but ended up striking the infant, a court heard.
Bielby admitted causing cruelty to a child in the incident in Wrexham, North Wales on November 15, 2021. A judge jailed him for 21 months at Mold Crown Court today.
Prosecutor Thomas McLoughlin told the court the defendant had gone to the woman’s house at 5.30pm that afternoon with a crate of beer containing about 25 bottles. They argued about various issues and she asked him to leave twice.
While the woman was cradling the baby in her arms she suddenly felt a blow to her right hand.
Aaron Leigh Bielby, 39, who broke a nine of a baby’s ribs was trying to punch the child’s mother during a row, has been jailed him for 21 months at Mold Crown Court
Prosecutor Thomas McLoughlin told Mold Crown Court (pictured) that Bielby had gone to the woman’s house at 5.30pm the afternoon of November 15, 2021 with a crate of beer containing about 25 bottles. They argued about various issues and she asked him to leave two times
The baby ‘instantly went bright red and appeared not to be breathing’, the court heard.
A witness in the house said this blow was the defendant punching the woman ‘like a boxer’. Mr McLoughlin said Bielby told the woman not to take the child to hospital.
She said she wanted to but would not reveal what had happened. She rang for a taxi and went to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
The mother initially didn’t talk about the events but after speaking to her own mother she told a paediatric nurse the whole truth.
Mr McLoughin said a doctor diagnosed five fractured ribs on the left side of the child’s rib cage and four on their right side.
Fortunately the baby did not need hospital treatment.
Social services became involved in the child’s care. Simon Rogers, defending, said his client did not intend to hurt the child, who cannot be identified by court order.
The woman told Bielby: ‘I know you would not intentionally hurt [the child] but you do scare me when you are on one.’
Mr Rogers added that the defendant, a self-employed grounds worker, has health issues as he has had seizures. He is awaiting tests at a centre in Walton on Merseyside. His late mother had epilepsy.
The judge, His Honour Rhys Rowlands, told Bielby he had been ‘entirely reckless as regards the child’.
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