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'Frustrated' father on probation for shaking baby

A FATHER who shook his two-month-old daughter in a fit of frustration in the early hours of the morning, causing a brain bleed and bursting an eye capillary, has been given probation.

The man, 36, from Toowoomba, pleaded guilty to the single charge of assault occasioning bodily harm relating to the incident which occurred at a Toowoomba home on February 9 this year.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court was told the man, who is the biological father of the girl, was woken about 2am by his daughter's crying.

She had refused the dummy a number of times and, in a fit of frustration, he shook the girl causing her injuries.

The man rang 000 immediately after the incident and told emergency operators the baby was "breathing funny".

Paramedics arrived at the home when the baby began seizing.

She was taken to Toowoomba Hospital and given anti-epileptic medications and a CT scan which had shown no long-term effects of the shaking.

The man's solicitor told the court he had "acted immediately" after the incident, and that he was genuinely remorseful for his actions.

Tendering letters to the court in support of her client's character, his solicitor said he had co-operated with authorities including Child Safety officers.

Magistrate Kay Ryan noted the man had no prior criminal history before the incident, and the letters supported submissions he was of good character.

She accepted the submission and that he regretted his actions, but said regard must be given for the serious nature of the incident.

"This has occurred and illustrates how easy it is to injure a child, a small baby," she said.

Ms Ryan sentenced him to three years probation and did not record a conviction.

"I can be satisfied (there will be) no repetition of this kind of behaviour and we will not see you grace any courtroom in Australia," she said.



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