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Luton man found guilty of causing GBH to a baby

22 May 2019

A man from Luton has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) towards a seven-week-old baby boy.

Daniel Gilbert, 22, of Morris Close, was found guilty today (Wednesday) at Luton Crown Court following an incident that occurred on 9 August 2017, which left the baby in cardiac arrest and bleeding from the nose and mouth.

Emergency services were called to reports of an unresponsive baby and conveyed him to Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

It was discovered he had suffered a bleed to the brain, which included damage to the cardiac control centres in the brain stem, which would cause his heart to stop working.  He also suffered from bleeding to the retina of both his eyes. 

Medical experts ruled out any natural causes for these injuries and concluded that the baby had been shaken severely and forcibly.

Gilbert was subsequently arrested and charged with GBH.

Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, investigating said: “I am pleased that Gilbert was found guilty and will hopefully receive a substantial custodial sentence.

“It is horrific that the injuries sustained by this baby were caused deliberately.

“The baby’s injuries have left him with permanent brain damage and the quality and length of his life will be very limited. He has partial vision and will not been able to walk, talk or feed without the use of a tube.

“We will not tolerate violence of this kind and work hard to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Gilbert will be sentenced on 12 June.

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