Baby daughter-basher up for parole

A MAN who bashed his five-month-old daughter with such severity he left her with permanent deformities will be able to apply for immediate parole.

The man, now 24, was looking after the infant on his own at Ipswich, "lost his temper" and bit, battered and crushed the little girl.

Days later, while doctors worked frantically to save her life, they discovered she also had suffered severe respiratory failure, cardio vascular shock, renal failure, collapsed lungs, pneumonia and further brain injuries from not being treated straight away after the attack.

She slipped into a coma and was completely unresponsive to external stimuli and spent almost three months recovering in the Mater Children's Hospital.

She has been left with permanent deformities and injuries, including significant developmental delays, poor lung development, scarring and impaired motor function.

The man pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm and was sentenced to six years prison.

With 545 days already spent in custody, he will be able to apply for parole straight away.

Judge Sarah Bradley said because the man had limited cognitive capacity, and had an extremely low IQ, he wasn't as morally culpable as an able person.

Judge Bradley said the man was "ill-equipped to care for his daughter" and imposed an earlier than usual eligibility date.

Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco told Ipswich District Court the little girl's quality of life had been affected forever.

"The injuries (she received) are approaching the worst the courts have seen," Ms Marco said.

"She received multiple blows to the body and compressions to the chest."

The court heard the man repeatedly punched his daughter after losing his temper because she was crying.

He elbowed her stomach and kneeled on her chest until her ribs were crushed, threw her into a cot and bit her face.

When questioned by police, the man said he "accidentally bit her" when he went to kiss her face, and her chest injuries were because he accidentally tripped over her.

Defence barrister John McInnes said: "He just lost his temper - from time to time she'd cry constantly and he just lost it."

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