Father jailed for seriously injuring three-month-old son – Oxfordshire
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Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a father has been jailed for seriously injuring his three-month-old son.
Richard Hardwick, aged 44, of HMP Northumberland, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to Section 20 GBH at Oxford Crown Court on Friday (11/11).
At around 5pm on 2 September 2019, Hardwick called 999 after lifting his son from his Moses basket and finding him gasping for breath with his eyes rolled backwards.
An air ambulance crew attended the address in Wallingford and found the baby to be conscious and breathing but took him to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for further checks.
The air ambulance doctor completed a safeguarding form as she had concerns about a mark on baby’s chest, which she described as looking like a bruise.
The baby was kept in hospital for 24 hours and doctors concluded this had been a brief resolved unexplained episode.
Twelve days later (14/9/19), the baby was noted to have been acting strangely throughout the day so Hardwick called 101 in the late afternoon and he was transported to hospital.
The consultant paediatrician found multiple bruises on his body, which she felt were non-accidental, so she alerted police and children’s social care.
Hardwick was arrested the following day (15/9/19) but did not admit to causing the injuries in three police interviews.
He was charged by postal requisition on 30 May this year.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Nicola Fullerton, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, based at Cowley police station, said: “While no sentence imposed can reflect the unimaginable actions carried out by Richard Hardwick, I hope the fact he has been brought to justice brings some relief to the victim’s family members.
“I would like to thank the victim’s family members who went above and beyond to care for and protect everyone involved in this investigation.”