Babysitter put hands on mouth of crying child

Babysitter put hands on mouth of crying child

Babysitter put hands on mouth of crying child

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A SOUTHAMPTON man, said to have no skills to look after a child, put his hands over the mouth of a baby when he would not stop crying during the night.

Philip Erting-Haynes, 21, pressed his hands so hard on the youngster’s face that the ends of his fingers turned blue, District Judge Lorraine Morgan heard.

The four-month-old baby was in his care but he lost his temper when his attempts to pacify him failed.

Prosecutor Charles Nightingale told Southampton Magistrates the drama was reported to the police several months later and when questioned, Erting-Haynes co-operated with them.

Mr Nightingale stressed: “He was sober at the time of the incident and there is no suggestion of any substance mis-use.”

Erting-Haynes, of Northbrook Road, Northam, admitted assault.

Imposing a 16-week suspended sentence with 12 months’ supervision that involved a probation service-run thinking skills course, the Judge told him the consequences of his actions could have been significant.

In mitigation, Janet Grey told the court how he had been looking after the child, who was in his cot.

“But the child was crying and nothing would pacify him. He had been up most of the night and he lost his temper for a short period of time,” she said.

Ms Grey said Erting-Haynes accepted he had an anger management problem and it was a flare-up that brought about the incident.

“He had no skills to look after this baby,” she added.

“He has some insight into his failings and he has told me he needs help with his temper.

“Although this was serious, there is no evidence he had ill-treated this child before or since.”

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11:16am Wed 25 Jun 14

Ranchflavour says...

Did he just own up to it? Or was there someone there to witness this? The story isn't very clear about what actually happened.
Did he just own up to it? Or was there someone there to witness this? The story isn't very clear about what actually happened. Ranchflavour
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11:41am Wed 25 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

He's clearly a danger to children yet oh look he doesnt even serve jail time...our justice system strikes again
He's clearly a danger to children yet oh look he doesnt even serve jail time...our justice system strikes again Mary80
  • Score: -3

1:46pm Wed 25 Jun 14

itsnotjustice says...

So it says "when questioned" so im guessing he didnt hand himself in... Was he in a relationship with the kids mother???? whoever witnessed this should be charged with allowing suffering to a child, or whatever the right term is.....

im thinking, and i could be wrong, but who cares...... the mother of the baby knew, either witnessed it, or he told her, and as they were in a relationship decided to just leave the matter, and now they are no longer together shes decided to screw him over with the police.

either way... it disgusts me how parents think they can just leave children, especially ones so young, with any one... some people are just not made to be near children.
So it says "when questioned" so im guessing he didnt hand himself in... Was he in a relationship with the kids mother???? whoever witnessed this should be charged with allowing suffering to a child, or whatever the right term is..... im thinking, and i could be wrong, but who cares...... the mother of the baby knew, either witnessed it, or he told her, and as they were in a relationship decided to just leave the matter, and now they are no longer together shes decided to screw him over with the police. either way... it disgusts me how parents think they can just leave children, especially ones so young, with any one... some people are just not made to be near children. itsnotjustice
  • Score: 4

1:47pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

Wonder where the mother was?
Wonder where the mother was? Zexagon
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Wed 25 Jun 14

SotonChar1 says...

All this assuming!! What is WRONG with you people?!
All this assuming!! What is WRONG with you people?! SotonChar1
  • Score: 1

3:12pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

SotonChar1 wrote:
All this assuming!! What is WRONG with you people?!
Mr Nightingale stressed: “He was sober at the time of the incident and there is no suggestion of any substance mis-use.”

Mr Nightingale also stressed " I don't know why I've just said my last sentence as it doesn't make it ok if your drunk or off your t1ts "
[quote][p][bold]SotonChar1[/bold] wrote: All this assuming!! What is WRONG with you people?![/p][/quote]Mr Nightingale stressed: “He was sober at the time of the incident and there is no suggestion of any substance mis-use.” Mr Nightingale also stressed " I don't know why I've just said my last sentence as it doesn't make it ok if your drunk or off your t1ts " Zexagon
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