Father jailed after Louth couple admit neglecting their son


A couple from Louth have admitted failing to get medical help for their young son for two days after he suffered burns from an iron.

The parents, who are now separated, both pleaded guilty to a charge of neglecting the boy who can not be named for legal reasons.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the child was found to have three burns on his chest and right thigh when he was finally taken to Lincoln County Hospital following the intervention of police and local authorities.

Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, said the child had suffered one burn on the chest and two on his right thigh. A triangular mark on one of the burns was found to match an iron discovered in the couple’s home.

Both parents initially claimed the burns could have been caused by a set of hair straighteners but this was dismissed by medical staff once the child had been admitted to hospital, Miss Bradley told the court.

A medical expert concluded the toddler would have been screaming in pain from the injuries. Any carer would also have realised he was in pain for 24 hours afterwards.

Miss Bradley said the family had rung NHS Direct on previous occasions regarding the child’s health but did not following the burns.

The boy’s father initially denied owning an iron but later admitted providing the false information as a result of “panic,” the court was told.

Alison Summers, mitigating for the mother, said she had bathed the boy in cold water and stopped his burns from becoming infected. Miss Summers added the mother suffered some violence at the hands of her partner, but had now rebuilt her life and was in work.

The parents, who are both aged in their 20s, each admitted a charge of neglect by failing to get medical treatment for their son between July 10 and July 12, 2012.

Passing sentence Recorder Gareth Evans QC jailed the father for six months.

The mother was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months. She was also placed under the supervision of a probation officer for 12 months and must complete 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.