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UPDATED: Alistair Dean guilty of inflicting GBH on baby by resuscitation
A BOURNEMOUTH man has been convicted of shaking a baby so hard he left her with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
But jurors accepted that Alistair Dean was trying to resuscitate the infant at the time the injuries were inflicted.
The little girl, who was four-months-old at the time of the incident, is now quadriplegic and can barely see.
A jury of seven women and five men took a day-and-a-half to find Dean guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm by resuscitation. They agreed that Dean believed there was something wrong with the baby before he shook her.
He was found not guilty of the more serious alternative charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, inflicting grievous bodily harm and inflicting grievous bodily harm by vigorous play.
Giving evidence during the nine-day trial at Bournemouth Crown Court Dean, 23, of Barrow Way, Bournemouth, said he discovered the baby lying on her back and unresponsive.
He said: “Her eyes were open but unresponsive. It's a horrible way to describe it but she felt like a dead weight. She was limp, her head dropped back and I thought she was dead.”
He also told the court: “I shook her to try to wake her up. I had no knowledge of the dangers of shaking a child. I didn't believe I'd done anything wrong, now I regret what I did deeply. I wish I'd taken a few more minutes to think, rather than just react.”
Dean was granted bail and will appear in court again for sentence on Friday April 19.
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